I’ve been hearing a lot about this new dating app called Tinder. Apparently, dating apps are the new online dating sites sand Tinder is gaining a lot of popularity. So what exactly is it?
A glance through Tinder’s official site doesn’t offer a ton of explanation: “Tinder finds out who likes you nearby, and connects you with them if you’re also interested. It’s all anonymous until someone you like, likes you back.” Uh, kind of sounds exactly like any other dating site, right?
Wrong. Kind of. Tinder is different in that you don’t connect with someone unless both of you have approved of each other. Here’s how it works: The app finds other people around you, who are obviously also signed up. You can browse all of your selections and “like” those that seem interesting to you or “pass” on the people you’re not into. If the person you just liked also like you, then it’s a match. Once you have a match established, you can chat through the app’s messaging system, make plans to meet up, whatever.
The coolest things about Tinder? First of all, the anonymity. On most dating sites, you can see who has looked at your profile – on Tinder, you can just scroll through people in your area and like or pass as you please and no one will ever know… well, unless you like them and they like you back. And while this app requires you to connect through Facebook, it’s very discreet and doesn’t post things to your Feed.
Another plus for this app is that it’s so simple and easy to use. Since it’s on your phone, you can literally be on Tinder anywhere, whether you’re bored during class, sitting through a long family function or waiting on line – and no one will ever know. It doesn’t require expensive monthly payments, like some sites like Match.com, or super long questionnaires.
As the New York Times says, “There’s something about Tinder’s simple, flirty interface that is undeniably fun. It combines the sleazy appeal of rating profiles, popularized by Hot-or-Not and the excitement of apps like Grindr that let people browse photos of people nearby who are eager to meet up.”
But is Tinder actually, you know, safe? Not really. The advantage of paying for a dating site is that it’s less likely to attract people who are just looking for a hookup or creepy people who might want to hurt you. While it’s awesome that Tinder is a free app, that also opens up the possibility that basically anyone can join, from some weirdo you don’t want to meet or lame dudes just looking to hook up. As with any situation where you’re meeting someone online, I would suggest talking to the people you meet for a while and trying to find some background info on them.
All in all, Tinder seems like a fun and easy way to meet people around you without making things awkward on a social media site like Facebook or Twitter. If you’re looking for love, this might be the way to go – as long as you’re being careful!
Would you ever try meeting someone through a dating app? Are you interested in trying Tinder? Have you tried it? If so, what was it like? Tell me in the comments!