Online dating aficionados, fed up with trawling through endless profiles and failing to find “the one,” are turning to Tinder. The app is like a dating satnav, and it’s catching on fast.
If you’re single and frustrated that no-one around you is chatting you up because they’re all playing with their phones, then fear not! They could be using a dating app called Tinder.
The smartphone app uses GPS to find people near you. It matches you up using your existing profile data on Facebook to show whether you have any friends or interests in common. Their image appears on your screen. If you like them, you swipe to the right, if you don’t, you swipe to the left. If you both “like” each other, then you can start messaging and maybe arrange to meet, or take it a step further.
But its co-founder, Justin Mateen, seems reluctant to describe Tinder as a dating app. He says his company’s vision was “just to help introduce you to new people.”
“All we’re doing is facilitating an introduction between two people,” says Mateen. “What they choose to do with that relationship is entirely up to them.”
But it’s not the only app of its kind on the market. Gay men have long been using similar sites like Grindr. It’s now “infamous” for being a casual sex app, the current equivalent of cruising.
And Badoo, founded by a Russian entrepreneur in 2006, also uses GPS technology. However, Badoo has faced criticism over privacy concerns.