How to link your Tinder and Spotify accounts, so people can really decide how dateable you are

As if online dating weren’t already difficult, you can now link your Spotify to your Tinder profile, which means someone can legit reject you because they don’t like the fact that you’ve been known to rock out to Katy Parry now and again. And what’s wrong with that? Just like your bangs, location, age, and whether you use emojis in direct messages — it totally depends on the beholder. Luckily, people can only see what you show them, so no one has to know what you’re stacking playlists with. Tinder will let you choose an “anthem” to add to your profile, and other users will be able to preview music clips and hear the song if they don’t know what you’re talking about, so don’t try to fool anyone with some obscure shit.

The listen feature means that if your anthem sucks, people will know, but you can still hide “embarrassing” tracks. It’s easy to link the two apps up, too. First, find a song you like on Spotify to display as your anthem, go to Tinder settings, connect to Spotify, and then select some other other artists from the streaming platform to display on your profile. Now, start swiping to see who shares your taste in music.

I mean, it’s not a bad idea, since everyone and their brother claims to like “all kinds of music” in their dating profiles, but everyone knows that’s BS. What you really listen to says a lot about you.

It’s also a good way to find out who cares about music and who doesn’t. People who don’t really care about music and will just bounce around to whatever they hear can be annoying, yes, but they also deserve to be weeded out of the dating pool for someone who is just as annoying and stubborn about their playlists and what they consider “good” musical taste. For real music geeks, picking an “anthem” could take hours.

But screw that. I don’t need someone trying to understand why I happen to love what I love. Instead, I’ll be looking for mates who show the most creative use of Spotify on the Tinder app. Think of it like an old school mix tape for a crush: what do you want to say? It’s not necessarily about who you are. Tinder has never been about who you are, really, on the inside. It’s about hooking up for whatever level of hookup you can handle.

I like the idea of using a little Bloodhound Gang to signal that you aren’t looking for love (and maybe not even a full meal) or maybe Biz Markie so everyone knows that you’re creeping around on your current partner. The possibilities are endless. Tinder was never meant to be taken seriously — your anthem shouldn’t be either.

Tags: dating, music, tinder