While there are a fair few people on Tinder who use it strictly to collect swipes, many people are actually inclined to meet up in real life, which is not always the case with dating apps.
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps, too (hitting almost 50 million users back in late 2014), meaning the likelihood of matching with someone you’re interested in who doesn’t live super far away is greater than with apps that have fewer users.
If you and another person have both swiped right on one another, a screen will appear showing that you’ve matched and inviting you to send them a message.
But most of the time, the Tinder experience will consist of flicking through profiles like channels on the television.
It might work on a dating website where that much information would presumably be read on a larger screen, but it’s overkill on an app, and the amount of scrolling required makes it annoying to access.
When you exit back to the list, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be in the same order or that it will return you to the spot you scrolled down to, making it extremely obnoxious to keep track of what you’ve already viewed.
You create a username and fill out a very long profile, which you can link to your Instagram account if you choose (which is, admittedly, almost Facebook).
You can answer questions, giving both your answer and what you’d like your potential match’s answer to be.
This creates a percentile score for users that reflects your compatibility.
Certainly your chances improve if you put yourself in the company of others who also care enough about their happiness to admit “their way” isn’t working and invest in their future relationship success. If you are a mature, accomplished, single person seeking a lasting relationship.
And you can get yourself into the company of others with the same goal, you will not be single for long.