How People on Tinder Are Using Pokémon Go to Hook Up

On the popular dating app, people are using Pokémon GO like a lure module.

Photo credits: Pokémon; Voltaico

Photo credits: Pokémon; Voltaico

Pokémon GO is here. Since its launch, Nintendo's stock has risen $9 billion in value, and Pokémon trainers are clocking in an average of 43 minutes of gameplay a day. Over the weekend, 11 Pokémon-chasing teens reportedly frolicked into the middle of an armed robbery while playing; they were probably less traumatised than the teen who found a dead body.

Pokémon GO is expected to overtake Twitter in its amount of daily active users and has already surpassed Tinder in download numbers, indicating that people care more about catching 'em all then pursuing some tail. But surely chasing Pokémon and getting laid can't be mutually exclusive? To find out, we trolled the Tinder deck for people who have recently made Pokémon-related bios and asked them how they were looking for love in the time of Pokémon GO.

There have been reports of thieves luring Pokémon trainers into remote areas to rob them. I may have met one of them while on Tinder. His bio simply said "Pokémon friendly" and I tried to figure out exactly what he meant by, "I used it to steal the phone I'm using." Did Bradley lure an unsuspecting teen into a back alley and run off with the phone? Is Bradley using his own Pokémon account to play on the stolen phone? My questions may never be answered, as he replied to my request for more information, which I had embellished with a subtle winky face, with a non sequitur: "Charazards [sic] chief."

I reached out to another young man by the name of Ricky with the same question I had posed to Bradley. Unfortunately, Ricky never got back to me. His bio did say that he was "using [Tinder] to get out of the house until Pokémon GO drops," so now that the game has arrived, he is presumably very busy trying to catch all the Pokémon his heart desires.

Undeterred by Ricky's silence, I reached out to another Pokémon enthusiast I'd found: Eric. 

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