Is it the accent? Or is it the the fact that you’ve had enough histeria for the rest of your life?
Whatever it is, it seems to be working. Because according to a recent survey conducted by popular dating app Tinder and recently published by La Nación, a majority of Argentines prefer to look for foreigners when it comes to dating. Maybe that’s why you’re always cautioned with horror stories about the thousands of histéricos and histéricas that lurk in the shady corridors of Argentina after dark. Perhaps tired of falling victim to what Master of None’s Aziz Ansari calls the “undeniably darker side” of BA’s dating scene, many have turned to the wide-eyed naïveté of foreign visitors.
We can talk about the appropriate definition of “dating” later (it’s a whole different conversation) but for now, as it turns out, many users here said they’re into dating people from other countries in Latin America or Europe. As La Nación says, “this is possibly due to a larger cultural affinity” than they would have with people from the US, Asia or Australia.
“Specifically, 48 percent of Argentine women prefer European men, while 46 percent of Argentine men prefer Latin American women. And among Latin American compatriots, the countries they prefer the most are Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay,” La Nación explains.
(Personally, I haven’t used Tinder or any other dating app in years. I hear Happn is a thing here and Bumble is slowly but steadily taking off. But at one point it just becomes a collection of matches and anonymous faces that you don’t even remember matching with in the first place but are suddenly asking you for your Instagram account or your WhatsApp number in the middle of the night.)
But back to the Tinder thing. La Nación wants to know: Is it the accent? Well, 61 percent of Argentine men say a foreign accent “is very interesting” (probably the most boring thing you could ever say about the attractiveness of a foreign accent) while 54 percent of women consider it “a weapon of lethal seduction.”
Eh. Not a great way to put it but definitely better than “very interesting.” Oh, and when you get to the “relationships” part, that’s when it gets to “it’s complicated”.
“However, at least according to the answers, dating someone for a brief period of time is not the same as being in a relationship,” the article says in what is probably the understatement of the century.
“Most of those who participated in the survey said they were open to dating someone from another country, but complications appeared when they were asked about long term relationships. Initially, 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women said they were open to having a serious or long term relationship with a foreigner.” Or, as Cindy Lauper would say, (most) girls just want to have fun. Well, guys too, but you know what I mean.
But wait! Things change when the question becomes conveniently vague and asks if they are open to dating first and seeing where things go later: 73 percent of men totally support this, while only 45 percent of women are into it.
And here’s the coup de grâce to your fantasies of being in a relationship with an Argentine if you’re a foreigner: while according to the survey casual dating seems okay, people here don’t seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea of being in a serious relationship with someone who’s not from around here. I know. Tragic.
“Issues such as language barriers (43 percent of men, 47 percent of women) and cultural differences (30 percent of men, 26 percent of women) are brought up by those surveyed as two reasons for reaching this conclusion,” says the article, putting an end to the dreams of those foreigners hoping to one day marry a Facundo or a Florencia and buying an estancia near San Antonio de Areco where you can breed horses and retire. [Insert shrug emoji here].
Oh, one last thing. Do you have Tinder Passport? Really? OK, totally not judging you because apparently a lot of people use it, so whatever.
Apparently 51 percent of men and 49 percent of women who use Tinder Passport “seek to meet people from other countries”, WHICH IS OBVIOUS BECAUSE WHY ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE TINDER PASSPORT THEN, JESUS CHRIST.
I’m not kidding, what are the other 49 percent of men and 51 percent of women expecting?! “Oh, I will get Tinder Passport so I can look for people in Buenos Aires while I’m in Buenos Aires!” IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.
Anyway, all this is to say 22 percent of men and 23 percent of women using Tinder Passport think they could be “in a potential romantic relationship”. Whatever that means. So be very aware that 78 percent of men and 77 percent of women there don’t think of a “relationship” when using Tinder Passport.
Keep this in mind next time you swipe right.