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Bill Murray: I can live the Tinder life any time

Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actor demonstrates just how easy it is for him to reenact the dating app in the real world.

Bill Murray shows how easy it is to attract others when you're a star. Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

One look at actor Bill Murray's face and you believe the person behind it has lived.

You wonder, though, how he might have lived differently had he grown up in an era in which people met through mobile apps, rather than happenstance.

Murray appeared Tuesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in a very fetching outfit of pinks and reds. Jimmy Kimmel wondered whether Murray had ever experimented with popular dating app Tinder. Oddly, he even asked whether the great actor knew what Tinder was.

Murray was calm. He explained that he knew Tinder had become very popular at the 2012 Olympics in London. But, for him, he said: "I think it could be amusing, but I can't imagine doing it particularly."

You might be thinking: "Well, you don't need Tinder, Mr. Murray. You're Bill Murray, not Boorish Bill with his belly on the bar."

Murray would agree with you. "I can live that life any moment," he said. Turning alluringly toward a photographer, he purred: "Hey, you with the camera. No, you. Come here." Then a pause. "Dammit, I'm coming your way."

Within seconds, Murray had his match, a portly gray-haired gentleman with a large camera over his tummy.

It's an interesting notion that Tinder can give us the pulling power of a movie star, if only for a virtual moment. We put our headshots up there and we wait for heads to turn our way.

Once a match is made, out first thought is: "She likes me. She really likes me." So enthralled are we that an apparently attractive person has found us attractive that we forget what happens next.

We might have to meet that person in real life. We might have to see whether their image matches their reality (just as in Hollywood, it so rarely does). Then we have to attempt the ancient art of conversation.

Might the difficult transition from virtual life to real explain a recent study from Michigan State University? This one concluded that couples who meet online are three times more likely to divorce.