W e pulled into Spokane, and I did the first thing I always do when I get to a new city: I opened Tinder and started swiping. It's an anthropological experiment or at least that's what I tell myself.
In Copenhagen, the men are square-jawed and straightforward and direct. In New York, they are either stylish metrosexuals or guidos from Jersey who wear wraparound shades and message aggressively. In Seattle, they are very Spokane singles bars, very passive, and very meh.
Since I was the only one of the Stranger crew who had my own hotel room, I got to work and started swiping left and right. I'd Spokane singles bars my parameters to get men from 30 to 43—and I was now seeing so many pictures of children, I thought I was looking at an ad for a day-care center. Apparently, there are a lot of single fathers in Spokane, and they put their kids front and center in their profiles, which I found both inappropriate and also charming.
In the main profile photos and secondary pictures, there were images of men holding guns and shooting guns—rifles, handguns, guns I'm not equipped to identify.
One guy just had a photo of an unloaded gun with magazines as his main image. I was expecting to be swimming in a sea of red MAGA hats, but the ratio of conservatives to hipsters did not appear to be as high as had anticipated.
After an hour, I had actually managed to swipe through all of Spokane. Tinder panic, which I had not experienced for a long time in Seattle, set in.
There was no one left, and I felt terrible Spokane singles bars behalf of the women and men of Spokane. A friend who flits between Spokane and Seattle confirmed that pickings are slim, especially if you aren't Christian and conservative. There are fewer men than women in Spokane Surprisingly, Spokane's Tinder appeared to be more racially diverse than Seattle's. Though only 2 percent of Spokane'spopulation is black, the ratio of men of color seemed to be much higher than the Spokane singles bars would indicate.