Sydney man chronicles intense year on Tinder

Dating in 2015 is in overdrive and the rules have changed.

Thanks to apps like Tinder, singles can now arrange a different date for every night of the week from the comfort of their own couch. No effort required.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Michael Jarosky decided to chronicle his experience of dating on Tinder for a year in a new book called Swipe – The Game has Changed.

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Jarosky promises to be a “mentor” to his readers, sharing his foolproof “MISBAC Strategy” for landing dates, as well as his rules for dating on Tinder like having good grammar.

The personal trainer is pretty complimentary of himself, and the first chapter opens with a weekly dating schedule with no less than eight different women.Michael-jarowky-tinder

He jokes that it isn’t a TV guide.

Jarosky describes Tinder as a “worldwide game changer” and “the best thing since sliced bread”.

“The ability to pick up, chat, flirt, and start a relationship is in our hands. Between your thumbs. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” he writes.

To express interest in another single, users simply have to swipe right or left and wait to see if a connection is formed.

The app is also touted as the perfect solution to dating in our busy lives – there is no time wasted on drinks at a bar with someone who you’ve realised you have nothing in common with.

“You’ve gone to a boatload of effort to meet one person, when in the same time you can be potentially chatting to 50,” Jarosky writes.

The opening of the book is jarring, with the foreword and first chapter reading like a male version of 50 Shades of Grey, going into great detail about the author’s exploits.


Author Michael Jarosky

The inclusion of Jarosky’s messages with some women are also cringe-worthy, especially when he asks one of them if they like “boxed wine, Doritos and humping”.

Swipe – The Game has Changed is broken up by chapters with different rules and lessons, and stories about Jarosky’s own exploits, with titles like “21 years my junior”.

He also dedicates a chapter to his life, including how he lost his virginity and his transition from accountant in Chicago to personal trainer in Sydney.

There’s also the plug for his 40-day weight loss program and business, City Caveman Fitness.

Despite the no-holds-barred stories about his encounters with women, Jarosky has some interesting views on why romance and dating have changed.

He argues that paid dating sites only offer a handful of matches, and of those, there’s an even smaller amount of people you’ll actually go on a date with.

“In the Age of Swipe, emails are replaced with actual ‘chat’, and that’s so much more engaging and real-time, than sending (or receiving) your hundredth email of the day,” he writes.

Despite having a strategy to attract women on Tinder, Jarosky insists he isn’t objectifying them, and suggests society needs to re-evaluate the way it looks at modern dating.

“Not only am I attracted to smart, cool, and confident women, I also think we need to check back in with our values as a culture when it comes to sex.

“Sex is natural. It’s fun. It’s free. And it feels good”.

So confident is Jarosky in being able to help hapless daters, he even offers one-on-one consultations and profile makeovers priced between $100 and $POA per session.

“By joining Swipe Luxe, you’re part of an exclusive club. A limited number of international clients will be accepted,”he claims.

“Your wildest dating, sex and relationship aspirations will become a reality. No joke. Maybe you’ll write your own book.”

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