Unsurprisingly, our favorite hookup app has become a staple of American culture. Yes, Tinder is our favorite casual and hookup app on iOS, the undisputed king of the "hookup app" industry. The app's been considered for flings and quick relationships for years, even if Tinder markets itself as a full-fledged dating app. And while it might be difficult to pinpoint exactly why this app became the hookup app over all others, we'd argue it's the simple method of sliding left and right to select your choices. Let's take a look at the app.
If you're unfamiliar, Tinder functions like a "hot or not" game, rebuilt for the twenty-first century and combined with the social media that fuels us all. Though your bio is important (as it is in any dating app), your looks and photos are easily the most important of your profile. You swipe between accounts purely based on what your photos (and your bio, if you choose to view deeper into a profile) look like, with a card-based interface that divides your possible nearby matches into yes or no selections.
Every day, millions of users swipe left and right on the app, with a user base in the hundreds of millions of users per month, making it not only one of the most popular dating and hookup apps on the market today, but one of the most-used apps in general. Tinder was one of the first apps to use a swiping mechanism for dating apps, creating a brilliant user interface for anyone looking to find love in the decade since the iPhone first launched. As you swipe either left (for no) or right (for yes), you're playing a matching game with potential suitors. If you and another user both swipe right, you're matched up and a conversation thread begins. It's an incredibly easy way of going about matching users together, but it does rely on having good pictures, a strong bio, and generally not being a creep when beginning a conversation.
While branded as a dating app, Tinder has its own reputation among the general public for being used primarily as a way to hookup with other users. While relationships have started from users meeting on the app—indeed, it's become far more socially acceptable to say you and your significant other met while using Tinder—the app seems to spawn far more stories of being used as a tool for casual romance. Obviously, not everyone using the app is looking for something purely casual, but you're bound to find users simply looking for a potential meetup rather than love and romance. Like any dating app, using Tinder for casual entanglements often requires you to be open and honest about your intentions from the get-go—don't lead anyone on by claiming to be looking for a real relationship when you aren't.
While it may be concerning to some, you'll need a pre-existing Facebook account to use Tinder. However, the app won't post anything to your page without your permission beforehand, and no one will be able to see or recognize that you use Tinder by visiting your Facebook profile. Tinder's easy to setup, too, so long as you already have that Facebook account. You can build your profile over a short few minutes, importing pictures from your Facebook account and building a biography. After you've created your account through Facebook and you add your additional login information, you'll be ready to go, complete with your own sets of match radiuses, age ranges, and preferred gender(s).
The app uses your physical location to connect you with others in your area, and if you both "like" each other, you will match and can have a conversation within the app. From there, you can choose to share other details like phone numbers, and even plan to meet up in person. With its huge user base and popularity, you'll find plenty of options to match and speak with. The app is free to start using, but there is an option to pay to get extra features such as unlimited likes, redos on missed matches, and matching with anyone in any location and other things that might be of interest to some people. While there are numerous paid optional features on Tinder Plus, you can still use the app in its limited form without paying a dime. And while the app is well-built, it's the name recognition and the popularity of the app that keeps it in our first position—the user base makes this the best available dating app on iOS.
The most common way people use Tinder is to search for an individual, but a few months ago, Tinder launched a different method of swiping. Called Tinder Social, their newest app is all about going out with friends and meeting other groups Instead of swiping with individuals left and right, you can swipe through groups of friends in the same way, making it a great way to meet up with some new friends if you're in a new town or city.
So whether you are an individual or a group looking for some people to hang out with or someone to hook up with, Tinder is likely the best app for you. Not only is it extremely easy to set up and use, but it also has millions and millions of users and is extremely popular. Wherever you live, there is a very good chance that there will be a ton of potential matches in your city and neighborhood.