Tinder, initially, was dating application based on locations intended for users on-the-go who either did not have the time to use online dating websites, or were not ready to divulge into the ‘online dating’ facade. Tinder uses a ‘Hot or Not’ liking system where users can swipe either left or right on other users profiles, depending on whether they liked their profile picture or not. If both users swipe right they are able to communicate.
Not surprisingly, Tinder has replaced the need for bar-hopping at 3am to find a ‘hook-up’. Users, in particular men, access Tinder as a ‘booty-call’ service. There is a vast difference between online dating sites such as, eHarmony and Plenty of Fish, where users are generally look for a serious relationship, and Tinder, where users are describing it as ‘the straight version of Grindr’.
News.com.au interviewed a guy and a girl on their experience with Tinder, and their responses were as follows.
From both reviews, it is clearly evident that Tinder is not being used for its intended purpose, a ‘dating site’. Rather, a way for users to build an ego based on the amount of matches they get, and a way to experiment and have fun with their cunning alter ego and fish for potential candidates.