Tinder! It was fascinating to try but ultimately I wasn’t into it. For those who don’t know, Tinder links to your Facebook (so the installation part is easy). It automatically uploads a few Facebook photos and your “about me.” All that’s left for you to do is browse matches (swipe right if you “like” the person and swipe left if you’re “not interested”). The app will also indicate how many Facebook friends you have in common – so it’s a bit more personal in that way. If I were to do it again, I’d avoid linking it to my Facebook so I could use a fake name (my name is uncommon, so I’m easy to find on the Internet). For me, the value of knowing you have friends in common ultimately wasn’t worth the lack of privacy.
I think Tinder might have been my jam a few years ago (back when I had a “type”). I’d imagine that having a “type”(for example, scruffy surfer boys) would make it easier to filter through all the possibilities.
The things I look for these days (for example: personality, intellect, integrity, kindness) are pretty hard to gauge on Tinder. If I remember correctly, Tinder gives you about three pictures and three sentences to help you decide if you are attracted to someone. Yeah, not enough for me.
So I got bored and overwhelmed and gave up. I might be interested in it again one day. Not sure.
Also, almost everyone I “liked” eventually “liked” me back. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice ego boost, but I couldn’t help but think that some users probably increase their odds by liking a ton of people. Not into that.
Overall, I think it’s probably more useful for casual dating.