Online Dating

What is Tinder?

Allison Dienstman

Online Dating Editor

By now you've probably heard about the Tinder online dating app. Launched originally in August 2012 in the US, this app has become popular worldwide.

The Tinder dating app acts on a location-based matching system connecting users with potential matches in their vicinity. Users are asked to create a profile and are then invited to browse the profiles of other users who are close by and mark the profiles they like. If a user is marked back then the pair of users can begin chatting online and discover if there is a connection to be made.

What makes Tinder SO undeniably addictive is the fast and effective way in which users can browse other users’ profiles with the app’s quick sliding motion and very intuitive interface and display.

The Tinder dating app is completely free for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices, and is reported to currently be generating over six hundred million new profiles and over 6 million matches a day.

Whether Tinder ‘works’ for online daters depends on any given user’s dating motivation: i.e. whether a user is looking for a simple hookup or a more committed relationship.

Though Tinder’s developers stress that the app is not meant as a ‘hookup app’, the app’s display and its users’ activities seem to suggest otherwise. While users can upload a more detailed profile of themselves, most users make a decision based on members’ profile pics as the app’s quick sliding interface encourages a more shallow, first impressions -based, online dating experience.

Also, while some of its users do admittedly take the potential matching opportunities this app provides seriously, a large percentage of users will still use this app to upload somewhat questionable, to downright sleazy, pictures of themselves, and circulate them amongst the app’s more (or less) innocent members.

Bottom Line: Though Tinder does provide users with a fast and easy online dating environment which is somewhat reminiscent of speed dating, it is this blogger’s humble opinion that the app is better suited for online daters who are looking for a looser online dating experience that may produce more hookups than substantial matchups.