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Twelve Reasons I’m Glad I Swapped Tinder For Pokémon Go

A couple of years ago, when I found myself newly single, fresh out of a long-term relationship, I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. ‘Seriously, get on Tinder,’ a friend told me. ‘That’s the only way to meet people these days.’ ‘Wow, there really is an app for everything,’ I laughed, but she was serious and I was clueless so I signed up. Now, I’m not here to slag off online dating (that’s what my Twitter account is for) but I did not have a great time with it. I met loser after loser, on date after date, with my rape alarm clutched so tightly in my hand it became a part of my person. Here’s the thing about Tinder though: the rare psychos aside, you meet so many cool and interesting people, and until they realise better, they all fancy you. You feel like a sex goddess with all these matches begging to take you out on dates. Suddenly, you’re not trying to find the love of your life anymore; you’re playing a mobile game. You’re trying to see how many matches you can get, how many phone numbers, how many dates… I’m lucky, I made it out of online dating both alive and no longer single – and it inspired my novel, Truth or Date, so I owe a lot to it - but I wouldn’t want to repeat the experience. The recent release of Pokémon Go had made me realise something: I wish this app had been around when I downloaded Tinder, because if you’re addicted to the app (rather than trying to find a soul mate through it) Pokémon Go is a much better habit. Here’s why…

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If you don’t want a particular Pokémon, you can just transfer it. You don’t have to worry about giving it an ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ speech to spare its feelings. And it won’t text you abuse for ditching it.

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