Tinder is taking the dating world by storm. Described by some news outlets as “the next Facebook,” it has made the concept of both mobile and online dating more socially acceptable. Part of its appeal is the fact that Tinder is not a lonely endeavor like online dating can be, where you sit in front of a computer sorting through profiles and creating your own. In fact, most people use Tinder with their friends in social settings, so when you’re meeting friends for a drink chances are one or more of you is logging in.
How it works
Tinder offers a simple way to meet people online. You sign up with your Facebook account to ensure some level of identity verification (though your membership is not announced to your Facebook friends via your page, feed, etc.). The app then matches you to other Tinder users in the area around you – whether you’re at home, at work, in a bar, or on a trip. The app is free to download, and only takes a few seconds to install. There’s no real profile creation with Tinder. Photos are automatically pulled from your Facebook profile pictures (the app allows you to delete whatever you don’t want available). Or, you can click the plus sign on the top right of your Profile page to check your phone, Instagram, or album photos from Facebook for other pictures to include.
You can also say a few words (up to 500 characters) to describe yourself. The settings tab allows you to choose whether you want to be matched with men or women or both, how far away you are willing to search (i.e. 10 miles or 50 miles from your current location), and your preferred age range. You can include up to six photos.
The matching process is easy. Pictures of potential suitors pop up on your screen one by one along with their ages (your age is also pulled from your Facebook profile), and whether you have Facebook friends or mutual interests in common. You can see more information about them by tapping the “I” button underneath or simply tapping on the photo. Then you can see how far away they are from you at this moment (i.e. 2 miles or 10 miles), how long ago they were active on Tinder (i.e. 1 hour or 2 days ago), as well as an “about” section where people can leave a little information about themselves (or not much at all besides “hi”). If you have common interests or friends on Facebook, those will appear below the photos. You can scroll through various matches if you’d like, touching the “X” for no or swiping left (meaning you’re not interested) and touching the heart on the right for yes, or swiping right. Once you mutually approve of each other, you and your Tinder match can communicate.
How much does it cost?
Customers can use the base app for free and can pay for upgraded matchmaking services for $9.99 a month. But if you’re older than 30 it’ll cost you $19.99.