Every once in a while there is an app that deserves a bit more discussion. An app that completely changes the way people go about a common task. Fitness tracking apps, that have helped people see how every mundane step can bring them closer to a healthier lifestyle, are in this vein.
So are social media apps that let people check in in real spaces in order to actually socialize with other people. But one that has really exploded on scene, and has quickly worked its way into a very sensitive aspect of our lives, is Tinder.
Tinder has completely revolutionized social meetups — especially casual romantic ones — and is completely starting to change the social scene by its presence. This can be daunting to those who don’t actively interface with it, and don’t understand its ins and outs. That’s why I’ve compiled the very best Tinder reviews to discuss the apps advantages and flaws.
I’m guessing you either have heard from a friend about Tinder or just downloaded the app and are wondering whether it’s legit, how people use the app and what sort of people are on the service. By reputation, the app is known for one thing — hookups — but as is the case with many popular apps, it has gotten very well known for one thing that is actually a very small part of its experience or functionality. That’s why I feel it’s important to cover the general variety of Tinder in this article, as opposed to just beating the dead horse about the one thing most people think they know.
We will cover an array of viewpoints from completely positive to utterly disgusted and in between. After all, Tinder is one of those apps that just gets people talking. So whether you’re interested in a potential spouse or a one night stand, you’ll want to read this.
“I’m always looking for meaningful one-night stands.” – Dudley Moore
What is Tinder?
In case this is your first time using Tinder you may not be familiar with the dating app that has grown quickly among people in their 20’s and 30’s. Basically, you download the app and are required to link it to Facebook. Then, Tinder will bring in your profile photo and your description into the app to use as the basis of your profile. Don’t worry, though; your actions on Tinder are completely anonymous—unless you happen to like someone with the app who has also liked you. Then Tinder will send you a notification and get you two in conversation with each other.
Your best bet is to allow the app to use your location because after you set up your profile Tinder will use the settings on your phone to show your photo to girls or guys at a specified age range and a specified distance. For instance, if you’re a 23 year old girl, you can set it so you only see guy’s profiles that are 22-28 years old, and within 5 miles. That allows you to find potential guys to date in your area.
When the person’s profile photo comes up you can do one of three things. You can tap on the photo to see more photos of the person, including their description. You can swipe right to tell Tinder that you’d like to contact that person or swipe left if you’re not interested. Then, Tinder matches you with other people who have swiped right to you. You won’t ever know if someone swiped right to you if you swiped left to them. It’s basically the digital equivalent to the notes you may have passed in fifth grade: “Do you like me? (check one) [ ] yes [ ] no [ ] maybe”, except in the fifth grade, the act of passing that note already placed you in a vulnerable position. With Tinder, there’s a little more of a social and emotional safeguard.
Appamatix Tinder Review
Of course, I’m going to do more than just link to some other reviews. In the spirit of the fifth grade note I mentioned earlier, I’ll put myself out there right now by telling you my own personal review of Tinder. I’ll provide a quick review based on our previous use of Tinder and what we think it’s good for versus bad for. There are certain things that the app does extremely well and other things that leave us wanting a lot more.
I suggest starting with a general idea of what you want out of using the app and what you hope to accomplish. There’s a range from finding your future wife/husband to finding a casual hook up and everything in between.
You may have recently heard that Tinder introduced their Tinder Plus service, which charges $10 for anyone under 30 and $20 for anyone over 30 to have unlimited swipes, rewind to a previous Tinder profile, and to transport yourself to another location immediately. The move to have different pricing dependent on age is in my opinion smart. It’s the same philosophy that bars use when girls pay no cover and guys pay $5. You want more girls than guys at a bar, Tinder wants more young people on their app, so skew the pricing to match that desire.
Of course, this is just for the “Plus” service. Any (legal) age group can still use the basic service, they’ll just be limited in their swipe numbers and not able to rewind.
Let’s get into some of the pros and cons of the app that will be the basis of the Tinder reviews.
Tinder Review Pros
- Tinder is completely free with no strings attached. Unlike other larger dating services such as eHarmony or OK Cupid, you don’t have to enter in your credit card number and pay a monthly fee
- It is easily accessible and quick to setup. All you do is sync your Facebook profile with Tinder and your entire profile is setup and ready to go in 2 minutes. On top of that, you’ve got the potential to meet anyone with an iPhone or Android in your area.
- You can set the app to only introduce you to people nearby. This allows you to find a potential date in your same neighborhood, at college with you, or even on the same street as you.
- The app is a lot of fun and simple. Once you get it setup all you have to do is swipe left or right depending on whether you’d like to chat more with someone. This allows for a fluid and natural interaction between the user and Tinder. There’s no pressure put on you by the app, and all the language of the user interface itself is more flirtatious than anything else. (Case in point, text messages sent within the app are referred to as “Moments.”)
- After syncing the app with Facebook you can view if someone has mutual friends with you. This instantly gives them credibility and allows you to be a little more confident they are someone you’d like to meet.
- You only know when you get a match. Tinder will never tell you if someone you swiped right to swipes left to you and vice versa. You are only notified when both of you swipe right. This means immediately you pass the “first glance” hurdle to get you in the door.
Tinder Review Cons
- Let’s face it, Tinder is a bit shallow. The initial impression of swiping left or right only takes into account how someone looks and whether it’s a good photo or not. It doesn’t take into account anything about their background, personality, humor, intelligence, etc. If you’re looking for a dating service with a little more depth, try something else.
- If you’re interested in long term relationships, Tinder is likely not the place. Most people use Tinder for hook ups or friends with benefits. The app doesn’t lend itself to meaningful conversations, determining whether you agree on important topics, etc.
- You are required to link Tinder with a Facebook account. Note I said “A” and not “Your” as there are ways around this. However, if you’d rather not mix your dating life with your Facebook like then you may want to stick with something else or create a shell Facebook account so that you can use Tinder without Facebook.
- One of the pros is a bit of a con. Since the app is easy to use and fun to swipe left/right a lot of people are on it that never intend to actually meet someone and use Tinder for it’s purpose. Therefore, you may notice you get a lot of matches that lead to nothing substantial.
The Best Tinder Reviews
Now I’ll breakdown some of the best Tinder reviews I’ve seen around the web so you can get a good idea of the breadth of reviews and opinions about this app. They range from funny, to truthful, to angry. I’ll also throw in some funny reviews that will be sure you make you chuckle.
One of my favorite reviews is by Caroline Kent from The Telegraph. Caroline breaks down a week of using Tinder as an adult woman looking to find a guy in London and Yorkshire. She perfectly exhibits the fun and carefree nature of Tinder with the addictive calling to swipe long into the night.
“My sociopathic curiosity and appetite for constant validation are fuelled by Tinder’s addictive swipe function”
Caroline ends the review sleeping with a guy she met on Tinder, so I can hardly say it’s a negative review. She seems to get what the app is meant for and is perfectly fine to use it as such. It’s refreshing to hear a woman’s perspective of a one night stand, something too often attributed to something only guys want.
Ok, so this is not necessarily a review but tugs at the heart strings none the less. Basically, a guy asks his ex girlfriends to write reviews about him for his Tinder profile. Starting off pretty strange, I didn’t know where this was going and thought this couldn’t end all that well.
The story got picked up by Reddit and became hugely popular, creating a lot of interest in this guy’s Tinder profile. Then, one of his ex’s wrote saying that the Tinder guy hadn’t asked for her review. She wrote a stunning review and said the only reason they weren’t together was the distance.
After the ex’s boyfriend saw this he broke up with her leaving the two lovebirds free and clear. The ex bought the Tinder guy a ticket to Seattle and from there we’ll leave up to fate.
The next feature is from David Wygant from Huffington Post who reviewed Tinder. David downloaded Tinder as a way to figure out what this app was all about, how to use it, and whether he liked it. David is a self proclaimed good looking guy that swiped right to over a hundred girls and got pretty upset when no one swiped right back to him. Rather ironically, the only person who matched with him was a call girl selling her services on the app.
Eventually, after 48 hours David got a bit heartbroken that no one had responded back and reverted to defending bumping into your next girlfriend or boyfriend in a grocery store and finding some spark or chemistry in person.
I admit that David’s experience is likely very common on the app and most people don’t find whatever they’re looking for when using it. However, I’d recommend giving it a few more days and switching up your Tinder profile if it’s not working.
It’s good to keep in mind that most people don’t use Tinder on a daily basis so it may take a few days for someone to swipe right to you. Also, it could be a bad photo that is not giving you a good shot at getting matched with other girls.
Lastly, and this is a big thing about an apps like Tinder that older generations don’t necessarily understand, Tinder is casual. You’ll wind up getting hurt if you go on Tinder expecting a lot. It’s best not to hold your expectations high when dating on Tinder and keeping it casual. At it’s core, Tinder is a hook up app, and as with any hook up. You can’t be too worried about whether it works or not, it’s best to not get invested.
That wraps up the best Tinder reviews around the web and hopefully gives you a good sense of how the app works, the pros and cons, and what you can expect from using the service.
I believe it’s important to know what Tinder is and what it’s good for. If Tinder’s strengths are something you’re aligned with then you will find the app to be excellent. If they don’t align, you will end up frustrated and dejected.
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