The New York Times has declared that the social media giant has transcended its status as a mere photo sharing app and now functions as an unofficial dating platform as well. Take it from Jessica, a year-old New Yorker, whose current beau approached her at the restaurant where she works, asked for her Instagram handle and then retreated to the bathroom where he slid into her DMs, in order to tell her she looked like a famous person. Why this sultry man opted to deliver his opener via DM instead of in person is a question we may never resolve. But his choice illustrates how Instagram works as a bridge between dating apps and in-person meetings, a sort of virtual safety net that pads the abrasive possibility of hitting on someone and getting rejected. Your interest and attraction is actually based on something going into the date, so it all feels more deliberate.
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My girlfriend's younger brother lives interstate and every time he lands back in Sydney, the first thing he does is post an Insta-story announcing his arrival. It's always confused me, since he's back pretty often, so it isn't really Insta-story worthy, but I've recently learnt he has an ulterior motive. This is news to me, but I'm not totally sold. Time for a panicked text to four of my most reliable and most single friends. Hey do you guys use Instagram to get dates, is that a thing now? Isn't Instagram mostly for following meme pages? Friend 1:
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Forget about Tinder, Grindr, Her, Bumble, or whatever other apps you're hitting up for all your dating needs. There's another app that's rapidly becoming a hotspot for digital flirting, whether you want it to be or not: Tindstagramming is the newest way to be a huge creep. In the past few months alone, my Instagram DMs have transformed from a desolate tumbleweed-filled vault into a rather busy inbox reserved especially for flirting purposes. Rather than receiving unsolicited chat-up lines from strangers, these messages come from people I know and already follow on Insta.