If you’ve haven’t had a go on Tinder, you’re quite simply missing out. If you’re single yourself or you’ve got single friends, you’ve almost definitely experienced the power trip that this dating app gives you.
Launched in 2012, Tinder is very mysterious about its statistics, but it’s rumoured that on a daily basis, there are up to ten million users globally.
Tinder aims to bridge the gap between hook up apps, such as Down and Pure, two platforms that focus on a purely physical encounter and the more established dating apps, such as OkCupid, which ultimately aims to create successful relationships.
For most people, the anonymity that Tinder provides is a big attraction. The idea is that you can choose an age range of the people you would like to meet and are then presented with a photo of a person who is located close to you.
If you like the look of them, you swipe right and if you don’t, you swipe left. This swiping is done privately and you’ll only get to talk to someone if you both ‘like’ each other. Of course, after about five minutes of doing this, you get a little pang of self-loathing about how superficial it all is. But if everyone’s doing it, it’s got to be okay, right?
The problem with only having one photo to sum up your whole existence is that quite naturally people tend to go a bit over the top. So be prepared to be faced with photos of people doing a backflip over a great white shark on a skateboard, or pretending to be stuck in a 1940s film noir by uploading a black and white shot of themselves, staring moodily out into the distance, presumably greatly saddened by the evils of the modern world whilst quite possibly holding a cigar.
Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I know you’ve seen those types before and swiped left so fiercely that you nearly threw your phone across the room and sprained your thumb.
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