WHAT IS TINDER? DOES ONLINE DATING WORK?
Online dating does work, when used correctly, and Tinder is a great way to get started in the game. Tinder is a very active online dating app that boasts millions of members. It has some unique elements that separates it from the other online dating platforms such as Plenty of FIsh, Okcupid, or Match.com
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN MATCH.COM OR OKCUPID?
Instead of matching you with a potential partner based on a lengthy 30 minute questionnaire (like Eharmony.com), or leave you on your own to browse (like Match.com or Cupid), Tinder “matches” you based on mutual likes of each other. You are shown a series of photos, you swipe right for “like” and swipe left for “don’t like”, you also have the option of swiping up for “super-like”.
IS THIS ONLINE DATING APP FREE?
YES. But some features in premium paid service is worth exploring: You only get so many likes per 24 hour period, unless you pay for their premium service which runs about $12/month for a year, or $20/month drop-in for one month.
Premium services ALSO enables you to “undo last swipe”, in case you swiped incorrectly or changed your mind. Premium service also allows you to have more “super-likes” than the free version. When you “superlike” someone, that person gets notification on their phone, and a blue shooting star next to your message thread, shall you contact that person. This is a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Also, everyone gets very limited “Super-likes”, so when you are notified that you’ve been “superliked”, it really does mean something. Premium service also allows you to set yourself in a different location —probably useful if you are traveling and looking to make a new friend, whatever type of friendship that may entail.
When you “superlike” someone, that person gets notification on their phone
SOME REALLY COOL FEATURES
>> Allows you to set parameters so that only certain men within certain distance away, and within a certain age group, will see you (a feature desperately lacking in Match.com…anyone can see you). I personally do not appreciate 60 year old men checking out my profile (or messaging me, for that matter), so this is nice.
>> If you connect with Facebook, creating an account is literally pressing “connect with Facebook” and all the legwork is done for you. It is THAT easy.
>> Since it connects with Facebook, you are notified of mutual friends, or mutual likes of a particular Facebook Page. great conversation starter. “Hey, I notice you like Central Rock Climbing too, how often do you go?”!, or “Hey, how do you know Christopher Johnson? Apparently we are separated by ONE degree!”
>> It connects with Instagram, you can connect your Instagram feed, so people see all your photos without having to “upload” them
SOME THINGS TO BE AWARE OF ABOUT THIS APP
>> It has been reported that up to 30% of men on Tinder are married
>> Most people do NOT read profiles, so a lot of men on here have empty profiles
>> You are NOT able to filter by anything else other than age and distance, and Tinder doesn’t ask you about your relationship preference either. So everyone is kind of on their own. With POF and Match.com at least you have “single, divorce, separated,” to choose from, or “casual dating no commitment”, or “looking for a serious relationship”. .
It has been reported that up to 30% of men on Tinder are married
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAND OUT IN MY ONLINE DATING PROFILE?
>> Say something interesting –and do it in the first 30 characters. This is all that he will see when he’s scrolling through his messages, he will only see the rest of your message when he clicks on it…so give him a reason to click on your message!
>> Connect via Facebook, this gives a great conversation opener because it shows mutual friends as well as mutual interests (any pages you’ve liked that he also liked)
>> Connect via Instagram – gives more photos without having to “upload”. Men are visual creatures, let him see more of you!
Online dating does work, give it a try and you shall see! It’s an excellent way for busy young professionals, or professionals too busy to date the traditional route. Besides, who wants to go to bars for this anymore? With online dating, you get to pick and choose from the comfort of your own home.