For all the reasons above, it’s easier than ever to connect within the “no strings attached” mantra maintained by so many twenty-somethings.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve informally asked my male friends about why they really use Tinder.
But Hinge founder Justin Mc Leod believes romance comes in many forms, and there’s plenty of room for his i OS and Android apps.
In fact, he sees people using both Tinder and Hinge, but with distinct intentions. Both give you one potential mate at a time that you can swipe right to approve or swipe left to dismiss.
Lowdown: Its ‘radar’ system obscures where you are and you have to ‘wink’ at users before they can view your profile.
A chat service means you don’t have to give out your number.
Of her relationship with Lea Michele she writes, "[Michele] had a hard time separating work from our outside friendship, whereas it was a lot easier for me.
One man’s profile picture was of a photo of his erect penis. Lowdown: Although Tinder promotes itself as a dating app, many people use it as a hook-up tool.
The app, available on select smartphones, has an easy-to-use interface in which users can browse through the photos of other potential matches, swiping right if they like what they see and left if they don’t. It’s easy, as there’s no lengthy committal forms to fill out beforehand.
It’s fun, to the extent that using the app is officially marketed as “playing it.” It’s free, popular, even fashionable.
‘I use Tinder when I’m out and about or bored or want to mess around, and Hinge is where I meet the people I want to date.'” Hinge only shows you matches that are friends of friends, so you have a trusted connection that implies your date isn’t a psychopath, and you get to see info about their work and education upfront.
“We’re the next generation of dating site” Mc Leod says, likening Hinge to Match.com, e Harmony, and Ok Cupid but mobile-first.
In these ways it stands out from its rivals, such as e Harmony, Christian Mingle, and my failed venture in the for-profit online dating industry, Blacksmiths Only (hey, you’ll live a life of ‘what-ifs’ if you don’t try).