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And some are even finding love on Tinder.“I heard about Tinder in a funny, joking, laugh-about-it way,” said Sara Chamberlin, a 31-year-old marketing manager in San Francisco. They’ve been dating about a year, she said, and are preparing to move in together.“The thing that I appreciated the most was efficiency, and just the lack of pressure to come up with this persona,” she said.
“But I started hearing that friends of mine had met significant others on this app, and I thought, maybe it’s not just this hookup thing. “The very thing that made it feel seedy and not like a good idea is the exact reason I liked it so much — how casual it was.”Tinder is indeed easy, casual and fun.
In the interest of, ahem, research, I set up profiles on Tinder and then one on Ok Cupid, the popular free online dating site, as well as Most Facebook profiles are tied to real identities and real names, and the app shows you if you have friends in common.
To set up a profile, you log in using your Facebook credentials and then choose a few photos from the collection you have on the site. Then, you enter a short bio — or leave it blank, as some people do when they’re relying solely on their looks.
Many app makers are trying to capitalize on the Tinder method of simple, smartphone-based dating. An app called Hinge sifts only through your Facebook connections for friends of friends.But he acknowledged that Tinder was creating an entirely new audience of digital daters.“What Tinder especially has accomplished, which I think none of our competitors could achieve before, is that it opened up this young demographic — 18- to 25-year-olds — that no product could open up before,” Mr. While Tinder, which may eventually add a premium service for a fee, has had a reputation as a way to find casual encounters, it appears to be moving beyond that.I found plenty of people my own age using the app, including quite a few friends and acquaintances.The downside of that convenience is uncertainty, since mobile profiles tend to be sparse or nonexistent.
Still, this simplicity has caused Tinder’s growth to explode in just two years.In fact Tinder, Match and Ok Cupid, among other dating sites, are all part of the IAC/Inter Active Corp media conglomerate.