Dating a guy with no friends

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I began my experiment in mid-August, downloading Tinder, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel.

I was familiar with the apps beforehand: I used them for a month in summer 2013 when they were new and the It Thing among my friends, the source of all our war stories.

Turns out the apps didn't create that restriction though: we did.

On Tinder particularly, "The purpose was never just for dating, it was for social discovery in general," Rosette Pambakian, vice president of communications for the app, told me.

That said, I was confident friendship was going to be different on the apps.

The ample matches I'd make would either a) never talk to me or b) always and incessantly talk to me and get upset if I didn't reply as rapidly or enthusiastically.

"I was serious when I said I'm just looking for friends on my profile.

You're so nice, and I don't want to lead you on in any way.

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