Swipe left, swipe right; left, right, left, left, right. I find myself being indulgently judgemental as I flick through the profiles of potential date matches in La Paz. The mobile dating app Tinder is deliberately designed for that purpose.
Anyone who’s been looking for love in the past couple of years (and hasn’t been hiding under a rock) will realise what I’m doing. Its unique formula has catapulted the application to global success since its launch in 2012.
There is as i discovered a strain of beautiful women in Bolivia that all seem to live in the same areas and are all too willing to shed their international reputation as ugly and sexless…
So to cut a long story short…somehow I ended up in Potosi playing spin the bottle with 3 bolivian girls a Canadian and a Danish guy, there were certainly more teeth than people on the bolivian side and I was praying for the bottle to land on my Danish travel buddy, his long blonde hair and nice straight teeth were looking more and more appealing by the second and the beard he was sporting was now just a minor issue.
I really don’t see this changing very much in the future.It allows users to search casually for a romantic interest without the risks traditionally involved in online dating. In the US and Europe, the long-standing social stigma of online dating is finally fading.When I arrived in Bolivia I simply assumed this would not be the case here, due to limited access to the Internet and cultural differences.diverse mix of people with European, African, and native ancestry).Should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a tight bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear.But how many of these new swipes are happening in Bolivia?There’s reason to believe that more and more people in Bolivia are looking for love from the palm of their hand.More and more people across the globe are turning to the web to find love and other interests, but has this trend stretched as far as Bolivia?In an interview with the magazine Tech Crunch, Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen revealed that his company is ‘really focused on international growth right now’. Daily swipes on Tinder across the globe have doubled in the past six months, from 600 million to 1.2 billion.We left the bar after a few more nerve jangling spins and I wondered if I would ever find my Bolivian babe.I had heard rumours of beauties in Santa Cruz but by the time I got wind of that I was in La Paz and the “linda latinas” that I imagined while in the rat race in London seemed a million miles away, I then started to learn Spanish and my teacher told me of some places in the rich neighbourhood in La Paz that a filled with hot girls who are ready to shed the ugly Bolivian image.