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Tinder was created by internet entrepreneurs Sean Rad, Chris Gylczynski, Joe Munoz, Dinesh Moorjani, Jonathan Badeen, Whitney Wolfe, and Justin Mateen (although this information is often disputed). Tinder was first introduced at college campuses in 2012 as a social network dating site. Typical dating sites require no introduction or approval before users can message each other. For messaging to begin on Tinder, it is required that users swipe right or "like" each other and swipe left if they aren't interested. While Tinder does not release exact statistics on their popular dating app, there are a few details they have revealed: 

  • 50 million people use the dating app every month
  • 26 million matches happen every day
  • 1.6 billion "swipes" each day (profiles looked at)
  • App in 30 languages
  • 8 billion+ matches made since 2012  

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The Good

  • Easy to Use
  • Free or Optional Plans
  • Large Pool of Users
  • High Number of Mobile Reviews
  • Recommendations

Easy to Use

Tinder has more of a game approach to matching online daters. This service is similar to "Hot or Not." Men and women set their interests (in men or women) then simply rate people in their area to see if there's a mutual match. Users swipe right to "like another user's profile and swipe left to reject profiles. Profiles display multiple photos and a brief introduction or pick-up lines. Tinder keeps things fair for daters by only allowing communication to members that have already "swiped" or shared an interest in each other. This is helpful for people that don't want to be harassed or approached by every member of the site.  Other sites make dating unfair based on looks and can be overwhelming for the confident, and under rewarding for those who aren't physically fit to compare to other daters on the app. 

Optional Plans

Tinder is free to use for all users but also has a few options for upgrade. Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold can be purchased on a month-to-month subscription basis. Tinder Plus provides bonus features such as more "super likes," the ability to see profiles in other locations, and the ability to undo and previous right or left swipes. Tinder Gold includes all Tinder Plus features, but its biggest draw is the "Likes You" feature. This lets users see who has already swiped right on their profile, so they pick and choose from people the men and women who already like them. 

Large Pool of Users

While Tinder is one of the newer online dating sites (founded in 2012), it has quickly grown in popularity among users of all ages. To date, Tinder boasts that they have had 9 billion potential matches. Many people view the popular dating app as a 'hookup app.' But Tinder's website displays stories of relationships and marriages coming from the online dating social network. Tinder can be used for whatever type of dating you're looking for: "Friends, dates, relationships, and everything in between." 

High Number of Mobile Reviews

Along with a high number of users comes a high number of reviews for both iPhone and Android. The Tinder iOS app has over 110k reviews. With all those reviews, they still have a 3.5/5 star average rating. The Tinder Google Play app has even more reviews - 1.4 million and an average 4/5 stars.

Recommendations

Tinder's newest update offers improved recommendations. Now, instead of users coming up randomly in your area, Tinder will try and show you matches that they think you will like (based on previous swiping history and what you have in common). 

The Bad

  • No Matching Algorithm
  • Must Have a Facebook Account

No Matching Algorithm

This dating service is exceptionally superficial up front.  Members rate other daters purely on their photos and a short one-liner.  There's not much depth in actually getting to know the daters until both members have matched where they may have a conversation. This may leave out potential matches that could work out for a long-term relationship. Generally, the personality is overlooked because this app focuses on an all or nothing approach to rating a person's profile pictures. 

Must Have a Facebook Account

Tinder requires an active Facebook account to log in. Members can only use Tinder while linked to their Facebook page. This is the only verification process Tinder uses. In general, they do not conduct criminal background checks or other screenings. Tinder will create a profile based off a user's Facebook information. For members that live in more remote areas, Tinder may seem limited on available profiles. Tinder sets a minimum radius around each user's location of 1 mile and a maximum range of 100 miles. 

 

The Bottom Line

Tinder is a simple dating option to meet new people (men and women) in the area. This may not lead to marriage or allow chemistry to be matched online, but it gives members a chance to save time and start a conversation. If their interested commutation is opened and daters get a chance to have a conversation and get to know whether there's actually dating potential. Tinder isn't available online and can only be used through the mobile app. Interested consumers may download the app from iTunes or Google Play to a mobile device or tablet. Although Tinder has a reputation for being a 'hookup app' some members have started successful relationships from the app.      

 

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Lesa Stewart
October 15th, 2019 Saint George, UT DETAILS
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Tinder is a perfect way to meet someone new ever. For a fun night or a lasting relationship.

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Amy Boren
October 9th, 2019 American Fork, UT

It was easy to set up a profile and to find your way around. I like how they match you up with others that that have the same interests.

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Alyssa Boren
October 7th, 2019 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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Easy and convenient way to try and find a match. It's easily accessible and simple to use.

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Garrett Mingus
October 7th, 2019 Provo, UT

The user interface is great, I don't have a lot of experience with other dating apps, but making a profile is very easy and the whole experience is pretty user friendly. Tinder is really popular with my friends too, a lot of them interact with it and like it

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Val Carman
October 3rd, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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Meat market, not 1 genuine nice guy, everyone was looking for casual encounters.

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Lizzie Smith
October 3rd, 2019 Midvale, UT

Here’s the thing- you could have a TERRIBLE experience, and you will probably meet some creeps. BUT then again, you could end up like me and meet your husband.

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Allyssa
September 30th, 2019 Layton, UT

Tinder is a good app but it kind of has turned into a hookup and creepy Guy hideout. Which I guess is user error rather than the apps issue.

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Aliza Henline
September 30th, 2019 Provo, UT

I would definitely not say that this is an app made for people who want to find an actual relationship. Lots of hookup lookers on this app!

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Bobbi
September 9th, 2019 Callahan, FL DETAILS
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Rediculous waste of money . I was charged eighty bucks to look at pictures and swipe. Then when someone liked my picture it wanted another $6.99 a month to become a gold member so I can see who liked me. BS. All I wanted to do was find somebody who like to travel & take some vacations. BS, NOT PLAYING THAT SILLY GAME! SAVE YOUR MONEY YOU'RE PAYING FOR NOTHING I CAN LOOK IN A MAGAZINE AND SEE PICTURES

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Campbell Blair
September 4th, 2019 Phoenix, AZ DETAILS
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Probably the most used dating site but I had hard time using it. Not a lot of serious relationship options.

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Scotlynn Blair
August 28th, 2019 Phoenix, AZ

Just used for hookups, not a serious app if you're actually looking for a relationship.

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Sage Robertson
August 5th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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I have used tinder for a few years now and their website is great. It is really easy to use and has great customer service.

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Krystal Taylor
August 2nd, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT

I downloaded Tinder, and became obsessed. Which was not good for my mental well being, rather than seeing people as individuals I began to judge people on their appearances insomuch that I would think to myself when I'd see people in public, "would I swipe right on them?" It became a game of "who's hot and who's not" I did go on several dates with guys I had met on the app, and things went well, there just wasn't any chemistry between us, which I guess is hard to judge when you try to get to know someone via text. The first conversation with a match is always somewhat tricky to initiate, I think it would have been helpful for the app to include "ice breakers," to get that initial conversation going. I also think it would be helpful for Tinder to include a section in the Bio where an individual can rate themselves on a numberline from "down for dates" to "relationship ready" that way users can filter through more quickly if they are looking for something more serious or just a hookup

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Tracy Womack
July 29th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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Tinder is sometimes a little creepy. I think that ya'll need to be able to screen the people that are on Tinder a little bit better. Thanks.

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Emma Jimenez
July 25th, 2019 Austin, TX DETAILS
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I've been using Tinder on and off for the past year and it's not bad you just have to be patient. Most people have the wrong impression about Tinder, the majority of people i've met on Tinder don't have to time to find a date in person.

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Mazi Marcel Womack
July 19th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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Great online website. It is easy to use and to navigate. Will use until I find someone;)

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Lucy
July 15th, 2019 Hyrum, UT

Great way to meet different men! There are men of all types some are nice and some a rude. Just make sure they are who they are. Overall great dating site!

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Breanne Stanko
July 10th, 2019 Logan, UT

Good dating site, however it can get very scary depending on the guy. But a lot are just for good quick hook ups. So if that’s what you are wanting then go for it. The site is easy to understand and work as well.

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Ben Crisp
July 10th, 2019 Temecula, CA DETAILS
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Tinder is honestly a complete waste of time. It’s only purpose is for people to hook up and then just never talk again. I used it for a little bit and it just a toxic place to try and meet people.

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Chloe Adams
July 8th, 2019 Morgan, UT DETAILS
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I hate this app. So many flaws in the application, tinder plus is over $100 dollars and there isn’t a refund option. Ridiculous.

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Ethan Crisp
July 3rd, 2019 Columbus, IN DETAILS
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This app has become very shallow, and basically has become craigslist in terms of people just looking to “hook up”. A lot of people use fake accounts to mess with people, as well.

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Paige Baldwin
June 28th, 2019 Wellsville, UT DETAILS
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I don’t really enjoy Tinder. It’s full of fake profiles and guys with bad intentions. I have not enjoyed any dates I’ve been on through it and have discontinued using it.

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Lauren
June 25th, 2019 Hyrum, UT DETAILS
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Honestly kinda sketchy, but I guess that's what you're asking for when you get on tinder.

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Jason
June 24th, 2019 Draper, UT

I don't like Tinder that much for online dating because I can sometimes feel unsafe an uncomfortable.

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Courtney Eames
June 24th, 2019 Kaysville, UT

I have had many family members and friends find their spouse through tinder. It is a great way to meet someone you have things in common with.

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Tracy Hill
June 20th, 2019 Draper, UT

I like tinder because it’s fun and easy to use. It’s a great way to meet people and I trust it most of the time

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June 19th, 2019 DETAILS
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Tinder is just a place for creeps. I haven’t really been on a Tinder date that I’ve enjoyed. The app itself is set up pretty decent but could be improved. There’s tons of fake profiles which is annoying.

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Brandon
June 13th, 2019 La'ie, HI

So I’ve used tinder a few times and the interface is super simple and it all just depends how much you want to use it. You can get access to a large amount of the product without having to pay at all but some services require you to pay

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Sherry Walbrecht
June 11th, 2019 Provo, UT

This app is very interesting. It gets the job done but can also be sketchy. However, at the same time, I feel like most people know what they’re getting when they sign up for it.

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Benjamin Walbrecht
June 11th, 2019 Provo, UT

It helps that tinder is a very popular dating app. It provides a lot of people to potentially match with. However, it has a reputation for being a “hookup” app and doesn’t often match people who are looking for a serious relationship

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Rebecca
June 10th, 2019 Provo, UT

Super sketchy. The app brings about the worst in people and I do not trust going out with people on this app.

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Marissa
June 10th, 2019 Redwood Falls, MN

One of my best friends met her husband through Tinder, so it must work! But I do feel like it has the reputation for hook-ups, so know that in advance before you use.

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Josh Sykes
June 10th, 2019 Meridian, ID

Tinder was not a positive experience. I felt the app is addictive and unfair based on how much is paid

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Brenda
June 10th, 2019 Spanish Fork, UT

I am not a fan of Tinder. It has become a place for people to just hook up. I was looking for something serious and I did not find that on here.

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Anne Sainsbury
June 10th, 2019 Payson, UT

Beware of Tinder! If you're up for a one night get together, it's great, but overall I've only met creepers on this! I wanted to meet some really nice men, but instead got men who didn't want to live the standards I do! Overall, not the app I'd recommend if you're looking for a legitimate relationship.

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susie
June 5th, 2019 Kaysville, UT

i have used tinder for about 2 or so years now and i like it. it’s fun to meet new people and get new friends to hang with and have people to go on dates with.

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Samie Cummings
June 5th, 2019 Ephraim, UT

Tinder is very user friendly. It’s easy to work the app. But a lot of people on there are looking for hook ups.

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Brooke Herbon
June 5th, 2019 Kaysville, UT

Used this to meet new people and broaden my dating choices, but I wasn’t very impressed with the security of the website. The people I encountered weren’t anything like the profiles displayed. Cancelled my service and will not be continuing.

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Christina Balls
June 4th, 2019 Kaysville, UT

Seems like a trashy app and a quick way for a quick hook up. Look elsewhere to find your match

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Nicole LeBaron
June 3rd, 2019 Provo, UT DETAILS
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Tinder is hit or miss. I used it for about 6 months or so and didn’t have great luck. It definitely depends where you are, but I didn’t have the best experience with it.

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Beth
June 3rd, 2019 Provo, UT

Focused on looks and can be hard to get to know people. Great way to meet various people though!

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Kimberly LeBaron
May 31st, 2019 Delta, UT

Tinder is great for hookups, but not much else. If that’s your goal, the accounts are easy to make and manage, but there’s lots of ads and things you won’t have access to unless you pay. And you risk talking to sketchy people, because there’s not a lot of ways to get to know someone through their profile. But tinder is pretty good about kicking people off if you report them. If you are looking to find people to date, don’t use Tinder.

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Rylie Crandall
May 31st, 2019 Draper, UT DETAILS
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I thought tinder was over-hyped until I got it. It is a fun and easy app to use. I ended up meeting my long-term boyfriend through this app and I’ve never been happier.

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Kassandra
May 30th, 2019 Cedar City, UT

It's actually a pretty great app. I just came to realize what I needed was a friend finding app, not a hook up app. I wasn't looking for something quite so serious quite so fast!

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Sarah
May 29th, 2019 Kaysville, UT

I got a tinder account and have made a lot of friends though it. I also had to contact them because of a malfunction and they helped me out within 24 hours.

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Camilla Lundberg
May 24th, 2019 Mapleton, UT

I am not a fan of tinder i never found any good guys and most of them wouldnt talk to me at all. I dont like tinder and definitely dont reccomend it

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Tavian
May 24th, 2019 West Jordan, UT DETAILS
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Love the app gets me to meet new people for all the good reasons! Made many friends

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Tavian
May 24th, 2019 West Jordan, UT

Love this app many great things go on in the tinder atmosphere and many hook ups

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Sarah
May 23rd, 2019 El Cajon, CA

Met the love of my life through this app! It was really user friendly and has many interesting people on it.

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Avery Fowler
May 20th, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I love using this dating website! I already have dated a couple guys I met on there, and all of them have gone well. It's super easy to use and to find people with similar interests to mine. I would definitely recommend this!