What is Tinder and Why Should You Use It?

Posted by Jamie on September 1, 2016

Whether you love the idea of dating through an app or not, there is no doubt that Tinder is the hookup app of the moment. With several hundred million swipes per day, it is the place to be if you’re single and ready to mingle. But is it right for you?

Tinder say they have over 50 million active users, presumably some of which will be real. That and the fact that every singleton from Atlanta to Zagreb uses it, there are fewer opportunities to meet new people for so little effort. All you need it the app, a decent profile, good picture and you’re in the game.

What is Tinder?

Tinder is a dating app originally used purely to hook up. Now it is used for dating, cheating and everything in-between. It uses your phone GPS to fix your location and your Facebook data to build your initial profile. The app then lists your first name, age, images and any page you liked on Facebook in your Tinder profile.

You can select some of what is shared and can influence your profile though. You will need to as all the rules of a good dating profile are even more important here. As is good image choice.

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How does Tinder work?

Tinder creates a ‘card’ of you and displays it within the app. When you open the app, it will display cards of those you might be looking for in your area. You then swipe right to ‘like’ them or left to pass. If the person on the card also swipes right on you, a social chat is enabled, allowing you both to communicate through the app. If they swiped left, you don’t get that option regardless of how you swiped.

You go through cards swiping left or right as you see fit and engaging in chats where possible. The rest is up to the two of you.

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Things to be aware of

While unconfirmed, there is a strong theory that Tinder uses an algorithm for the first 20 or so profiles. When you first open up Tinder, you get what are regarded as the most popular people. Presumably to show you how many hot guys or girls there are on the app. Once you have swiped those, more normal people show up. This is just a theory though and unconfirmed.

Scams are rife on Tinder as anywhere else online. Go into the app with your eyes wide open and be aware that people want your money or your personal information. A popular scam right now is the age verification scam where you receive a message telling you to get verified. It then scams you out of anything up to $150 once you enter your credit card details.

The other thing to be aware of is the usual players and cheaters. The same kind of lowlifes haunt Tinder the same way they haunt online dating and other hookup sites, so be aware.

Is Tinder for you?

If you’re single, self-confident and understand how people can be online, then yes, Tinder could be for you. You will inevitably have to deal with rejection, but that’s the same for all online dating. You will also be able to deal with success which makes it all worthwhile! You might also want to look into how to use Tinder without Facebook

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