Eliana Silver was among the most ‘right-swiped’ women on Tinder in 2019, yet the journalism student failed to find love on the dating app, meeting her boyfriend offline instead
A student who was listed as one of the most popular women on Tinder back in 2019 has revealed she had absolutely no success in finding love on the dating app.
In fact, Eliana Silver, who was one of the most swiped right people two years ago, ended up meeting her boyfriend offline.
The 21-year-old, who originally hails from the United States, moved to Aberdeen in Scotland for university, and decided to download the app in a bid to meet new people.
But, despite having to much interest from potential matches, the journalism student confessed she was very ‘picky’ over who she swiped right to, so she didn’t actually end up getting many matches.
“I set my Tinder account up in my last year of high school just to see what would happen but I didn’t use it much and only went on one date. Then when I got to uni people were using it a lot more – everyone had it,” Eliana explained.
“I wanted to see if I could meet someone and it was a way of meeting people to make friends as well because I was completely new, I’d never been to Scotland before.”
However, she was left stunned when she was contacted out of the blue in 2019 and told she was in the top 30 ‘swiped right’ people on Tinder in the UK and Ireland that year – making her in the top 14 women within this.
When the ranking was published, along with a link to Eliana’s Tinder profile, this rocketed even more to where 100,000 people were swiping right on her in a week.
“The summer after my first year of university a magazine contacted me about the top 30 swiped right people on Tinder that year. At first I thought it was a scam email because I thought there’s no way out of all the amazing, beautiful people in the UK that I’m in the top 30 – it was definitely an ego boost,” she recalled.
“I was shocked as I didn’t have too many matches because I’m quite picky and I only really spoke to and met up with two guys, but it was based on how many people swiped you. I’ve never seen myself as someone who is extremely attractive or interesting enough for people to swipe right on.”
But despite this, things never worked out or lasted more than two dates with anyone she met on the app, as she says most singletons seemed only interested in a ‘quick hook-up’.
Eliana said: “My goal was not one night stands like it is for a lot of people and some of my friends, but to meet people and establish connections.
“There’s two sides of the app – there’s the side trying to meet up with people for a quick hook up and then never talk to them again and then there’s the other side of people genuinely looking to meet someone and that side is much smaller.
“There were so many people that contacted me that I didn’t end up going on dates with because they would use a bad pick-up line or there just wasn’t an instant connection.
“I got asked to be a sugar baby a few times and some people outright asked if I wanted to come over and have sex, it was really creepy.
“One of the guys I met up with from Tinder clearly was just there because he thought he had a chance of hooking up later and he even got his phone out to show me his other matches and was saying how fit they were.”
She has since abandoned online dating, saying meeting people in person ‘works 100 times better’ and is 11 months deep in a happy relationship with her boyfriend, Jordan Benson, 21, who she met through mutual friends.
Eliana said: “We met through mutual friends – we were under Covid restrictions at the time but you were allowed six people in a house so I said to my friend you bring two friends over and I’ll have two friends here.
“The first one and a half months of knowing each other we were just friends and met up as a group and then it blossomed into something more.
“I think the best romances come from friendship and establishing connections in person works 100 times better for me because you find out who they are and see what they’re like.
“You don’t have that awkwardness of knowing you’re meeting someone to try and be together and the fear of going on a first date.”
Eliana’s boyfriend Jordan said: “We definitely clicked well as friends at first and after being friends for a while I just started to feel more of a romantic connection and she did too but we didn’t say anything for a while.
“I don’t like dating apps. I don’t like the idea of looking for people online as you’d look for clothing. I’ve never used them.”