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Tinder is an online dating app that was first introduced as a social network dating site on college campuses in 2012. The app uses location data to connect local singles who anonymously review member profiles and decide whether they are interested. Members are only connected when both parties mutually swipe right to like each other. Like several other big-name online dating sites, Tinder's parent company is Match Group, the parent company of match.com. 

Typical dating sites require no introduction or approval before another member can begin messaging you. Tinder uses a double opt-in to reduce feelings of rejection, albeit digital. Before a line of communication can start between two Tinder members, both must swipe right — expressing interest in one another and giving consent for messaging.

While Tinder does not release exact statistics about its popular dating app, here are a few key points for people to know:

  • 340+ million downloads
  • 190 countries
  • 40+ languages
  • 5.9 million paid subscribers
  • 50% of members are ages 18–25
  • 1.5 million dates per week
  • 26 million matches per day

This app caters to people who want quick, easy connections. However, you can set up your online dating profile to look for all kinds of relationships. 

Keep reading to learn more about how Tinder works, view pros and cons, or skip straight to user reviews. 

How do you sign up for Tinder?

You can access and sign up for Tinder either online via the Tinder for Web platform or by downloading the mobile app on Android or iOS. In less than five minutes, you can have your account set up completed and already be swiping through local singles. 

To set up your Tinder account, you need to provide the following things: 

  • Your first name
  • Birthdate
  • Profile photo
  • Email
  • Phone number or Facebook verification
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Attention: Tinder's user signup no longer requires a Facebook account.

Before August 2019, Tinder required a Facebook account to sign up. Now, you have two options when you register your new account: either associate your account with Facebook or your phone number. 

Next, as with all dating apps, you need to provide more information about yourself and who you want to meet: men, women, or everyone. There are over 30 pre-set, inclusive options to identify your gender.
 
Examples include the following:
 
  • Man
  • Woman
  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Female to male
  • FTM
  • Gender fluid
  • Gender nonconforming
  • Gender questioning
  • Gender variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Male to female
  • MTF
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans man
  • Trans person
  • Trans woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender female
  • Transgender male
  • Transgender man
  • Transgender person
  • Transgender woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual female
  • Transsexual male
  • Transsexual man
  • Transsexual person
  • Transexual woman
  • Two-spirit
You have the option to choose up to three sexual orientations to express your interests: 
  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Asexual
  • Demisexual
  • Pansexual
  • Queer
  • Questioning

Users can choose whether or not to have their orientation displayed on their Tinder bio. 

That's all it takes to set up a Tinder profile. Next, you can browse through dating profiles, and change your Discovery settings to vary your deck of potential matches. Discovery settings include the following: 

  • Your current location
  • Maximum distance radius (1–100 miles)
  • Gender (seeking)
  • Age range

To return to your Tinder account, you can sign in with the following credential options: 

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Phone number

What can you do for FREE on Tinder?

Tinder's dating platform allows members to do quite a bit for free. On this site, you can even send and receive messages with other members for free — no credit card or free trial signup needed. You won't be able to do the same on eHarmony or match.com. 

For free, you can do the following on Tinder: 

  • Create a dating profile (up to 6 photos and 500 characters) and connect it with social media accounts
  • Browse and swipe through your daily potential match deck
  • Like up to 100 profiles every 12 hours
  • Send and receive text messages with matches
  • One Super Like per day
  • One Tinder Pick per day

How do Tinder subscriptions work?

Although you can use the free version of the Tinder app to connect and message with local singles, upgrading to a paid subscription offers additional benefits. Subscription options include: 

  • Two subscription levels: Plus and Gold
  • 1-month, 6-month, and 12-month subscription durations

Here are a few premium features that you should know about: 

  • Rewind — Undo your last Like or Nope.
  • Super Like — Express extra interest in someone by tapping the blue star. When you come to the top of their deck, your profile will be highlighted in blue.
  • Boost — Get bumped to the top of people's Discovery queue for 30 minutes, for more immediate matches.
  • Passport — Check out singles in other cities and countries.
  • Likes You — See a list of other members who have Liked your profile, before you swipe yes or no on their profile. 
  • Top Picks — Featured member profiles that are selected for you based on occupation, education, hobbies, and other interests.

 

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Subscribing to Tinder Plus starts at about $9.99 per month for people under 30 and $19.99 per month for users over 30. Tinder Gold pricing starts at $14.99 per month and increases for users over 30 years old. Exact pricing for each membership varies based on your location and age. If you opt for the 6- or 12-month subscription terms, you get a per-month discount for paying up-front, so it will cost you less in the long run than a month-to-month subscription.

Keep reading for pros and cons of using this dating app or skip straight to Tinder reviews from real users.

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The Good

  • Easy to Use
  • Location-Based Matching
  • Tinder U
  • Only Message Mutual Matches
  • Free Messaging
  • Large Pool of Users
  • Tinder Top Picks
  • Safety Measures

Easy to Use

Tinder is an extremely easy-to-use dating app with a game-style approach to matching online daters.

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Customer Review: Seth from Dallas, Texas

"Great way to meet new people, make some friends, and help you get back in the dating life. Very easy to use and great for you to get back in the social life."

Each member sets their interests (in men or women) then swipes (scrolling left to right) through local Tinder member profiles. Profiles display multiple photos and a brief introduction or pick-up lines. Users swipe right to like another user's profile and swipe left to reject profiles. 

Tinder U

If you are a college student in the United States, Tinder U can help you connect with other single students at your school. It's available at four-year accredited college and university campuses. 

You must log in to Tinder while you are on campus and verify your profile with your .edu email address, for an added level of security. 

Location-Based Matching

Tinder helps you quickly contact local users. Matches are based on your location and GPS data. This helps to combat one of the most significant issues that users have with online dating sites: long-distance connections. If you want more than a pen pal, Tinder helps users find someone that they could reasonably connect with IRL. 

Adding GPS location data to Tinder's emphasis on profile pics adds to its reputation as a hookup app. However, users state what type of relationship they are looking for. While it is useful for local hookups, you can also find a large pool of local daters looking for all kinds of relationships. 

If you travel a lot, the new Tinder Passport feature lets members get access to more singles. 

Only Message Mutual Matches

Tinder keeps things fair for daters by only allowing communication to members who 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. Basically, swiping right on someone gives your consent for them to message you. 

The double-opt-in saves you from rejection. You only connect after mutual interest is expressed. 

Free Messaging

Most online dating sites require you to be a paid member to send and receive text messages. Though you can only message people that you have matched with, this is one of the online dating options that allows you to interact with other people without paying for a subscription. 

Large Pool of Users

Tinder is the most popular online dating app in the United States, with an audience of more than 7 million users, varying across several age groups. Additionally, it is the most popular dating app in 27 states. A 2020 survey found that the dating platform is popular among city and country-dwellers. Six percent of rural adults, seventeen percent of suburban adults, and eleven percent of urban adults were currently using Tinder. 

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 romantic relationship you're looking for: "Friends, dates, relationships, and everything in between." 

Tinder Top Picks

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

Safety Measures

When it comes to dating online, many services leave safety to the individual user. However, Tinder has a few safety features that users can take advantage of, including the following: 

  • Photo Verification — Verify your profile by copying a selfie pose. The photo is verified by human and facial recognition technology. Verified profiles are confirmed with a checkmark. This new feature is being rolled in stages and isn't available to all users yet. 
  • Noonlight — In the United States, Tinder has partnered with Noonlight, a personal safety/panic-button app. When you plan to meet someone IRL, you can add details about your date to your Timeline. If you don't feel safe, you can discreetly request emergency services to your location.
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The Bad

  • No Phone Support
  • Gender Disparity
  • Refund Policy
  • No Matching Algorithm
  • Swipe Limits
  • Age-Based Pay Scale
  • User Motives

No Phone Support

You can't call Tinder customer support on the phone. Requests can be submitted online or through your account. This is certainly not unique when it comes to online dating sites, but it can still be inconvenient for some users who prefer to call and speak to someone for assistance. 

Gender Disparity

In the United States, 32 percent of men and 28 percent of women have ever used a dating site or app; however, male Tinder users make up the majority — over 75 percent are men. People seeking to match with women may find it a bit more competitive than other online dating sites. 

Refund Policy

In-app purchases are nonrefundable. If your subscription auto-renews, you have 14 days from the transaction date to request a refund. 

No Matching Algorithm

This dating service can seem exceptionally superficial. 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, personalities can be easily overlooked because this app focuses on an all or nothing approach to rating each new person's profile pictures. 

Swipe Limits

Without a paid membership, users are limited to 100 Likes (right swipes) every 12 hours. Upgraded users on either subscription get access to unlimited Likes. 

Age-Based Pay Scale and Issues

Tinder has an age-based pay scale, so if you’re over thirty years old, upgrading will cost you more. Younger (under 30ish) users can subscribe starting at $9.99 per month; it can be up to double for people over 30. 

Pricing is based on your location and age. The exception is the state of California, where the company agreed to a 2019 settlement

User Motives

When it comes to online dating companies, many reviews mention poor intentions of other members, scammers, fake profiles, and bots. Tinder doesn't escape this criticism.

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Customer Review: Remington from Pleasant Grove, Utah

"This app is an absolute joke. Too many people don't take this seriously they don't try to match they just try to hook up. I'm honestly disappointed just a waste of my time."

However, as with many dating apps, a serious relationship is possible, but you may have to kiss a few frogs. With over 190 reviews collected, only a few people mention meeting a wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner.

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Customer Review: Mckinsey from Logan, Utah

"This is how I met my husband! The service and people on the app can be sketchy but that doesn’t have anything to do with the company."

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The Bottom Line

Tinder is a very popular and easy to use online dating service. Interested consumers can download the app from iTunes or Google Play or access the site with their browser. 

This watershed online dating app lets users swipe through photos and profiles of local singles based on your device's location data. Once a mutual match is made, members can message each other for free. Paid subscriptions are available for those who want more options, but Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus pricing is not set in stone and users in their thirties will be paying more than younger users. 

Although Tinder has a reputation for facilitating hookup dates over long-term relationships, results vary based on what you are looking for and the intentions of other users. Some members have started successful relationships from the app.

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Kurt Lucas Olney, MD

Tinder is a great way to easily search for people with similar interests. It is super ease to use the app.

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Seth Schellenberg Lehi, UT

Tinder is a fun way to meet new people and try things that you wouldn’t have normally tried. The gold version didn’t necessarily boost my experience with the app.

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Zharia Allums Tallahassee, FL

Sometimes I see the same people on there multiple times even though I’ve swiped left but overall, great app.

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Maya Smith Jacksonville, FL

This app has scammers! Don’t use ! A lot of fake people with fake pictures it’s so obvious.

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Shaki Tallahassee, FL

Everyone was really friendly. App is very easy to use and navigate. Everything is straight forward

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Lex Midway, UT

It is a great, very easy to to use and kinda fun. I liked the tips they give you to improve your account Plenty of people to meet and Lots of success ;)

2 months ago

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Simone Tallahassee, FL

Tinder has a simple, user-friendly interface which I enjoyed. I found that it crashed a lot and was prone to glitching.

2 months ago

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Justin Pumilia , NJ

I have been using this service for almost a year now and have come to be very disappointed. I have had 11 potential matches for almost the whole time and have never come across one. I have a feeling that it is a pay to get matches type situation. Maybe it is user error but I find it had to believe that when I swipe right on everyone for a week and get nothing from it that it is a user error.

2 months ago

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Taylor Hall Los Angeles, CA

Tinder is well known to be a hook up app. If you are looking for quick dates based on looks, that’s exactly what you get. It is very easy to use and very simple. The users can express themselves easily, and are able to communicate with each other without difficulty. I have spent some time on it for a friend and never had any issues.

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Jeff Curtis Mapleton, UT

Most dating apps have a verification process so you can know you're talking to a real person. Tinder is popular among real people and scammers/catfish

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applebutteranna Butler West Wendover, NV

It is very clear in communicating the needs and wants of its users. I found success a few different times using this dating app. I have used other dating apps and this app is great!

2 months ago

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Oliver Sherren Provo, UT

I think it's an interesting platform. I used it for about 3 months but I found that often people were outside my range, despite having the range tuned to my location.

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Rachel Butler Provo, UT

Features were nice, didn’t do a lot to facilitate meaningful connections or go beyond hook ups. Would be better to have a dating app that made DATING possible not just hook ups.

2 months ago

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lscho2 Salt Lake City, UT

If you know what you’re looking for it Is good. Lots of people want to hook up/ snapchat. If you stick with it matches will come. There are some bots

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Freddy V Provo, UT

Tinder is a great app to find new people and friends to talk to. It is pretty easy to use. And it is always being updated, so you never have problems with the app

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Lizzie Billings West Valley City, UT

It can be a good way to meet people but you have to weed through a lot of gross people. Tinder has a reputation for being a hook up site and yes most are on there for that.

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Caloway Salt Lake City, UT

Tinder can be a good way of finding dates and a significant other. However, it is becoming more of a hookup site. The layout is easy enough to understand. However, the super like button is in an inconvenient spot that can be easily pressed which has caused me to super-like someone more than once without meaning to. The free version is good enough that I don't see a need to get the paid version, but to each their own.

2 months ago

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Karli American Fork, UT

Quick and easy way to meet new people you wouldn’t otherwise meet! I met my husband, actually and think that the app itself is very user friendly and fun and easy to use. Would recommend to anyone wanting to meet different people.

2 months ago

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Mason Allen Provo, UT

The only thing about Tinder that works well is that it loads at a decent speed. The interface in not appealing to look at and the quality of photos is low. There also seems to be a lot of scamming and it is hard to find Tinder's policy regarding that.

2 months ago

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Karson Greenburg Salt Lake City, UT

I value the ease in which I can connect with other people with similar interests. I recognize that compared to other dating apps, Tinder keeps spam and fake accounts to a minimum.

2 months ago

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Samoya Calvin Tallahassee, FL

Honestly not the best app if your are trying to find a serious relationship. I kept seeing the same people over and over. However I do like the feature that was introduced over quarantine where you can switch your locations. So you could see other people from different cities and even countries.

4 months ago

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Inara Jivanee Katy, TX

I enjoyed using it, however, it was not as helpful as it was advertised to be. However, the profile was easy to set up which is a good aspect of the app.

4 months ago

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jaci finch Corpus Christi, TX

I didn't find anyone special on tinder, but the platform was well made. I think that during my time on tinder I had fun. I think it was made for fun not serious relationships.

4 months ago

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Melissa Giddings Logan, UT

I was really nervous to start something like this, but was surprised at how easy it was. It was nice to get some needed attention .

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Ashleigh Layer Columbia, MO

I like how Tinder is a like a game! The swiping makes it a quick and easy tool, and the best part is when you get a match! That means that you both think the other is somewhat attractive.

5 months ago

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Ryan Harpenau Fayetteville, AR

The best part about Tinder is meeting new people. I have met a lot of people through the app and it is always fun to see who I match with. My least favorite part is the amount of notifications it sends me although they do hype me up with phrases like "Hey handsome..." which is always nice.

5 months ago

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perscilla Tallahassee, FL

What I like about the app is that I am able to meet a lot of people on the app. What I dislike about the app is that they should have a different feature for those who want to try and find a serious relationship rather then a fling. The app could use updating.

5 months ago

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Kevin Malone Washington, DC

The app is trash. I have never been able to match with a single person even though I have a full profile. The people you do match with somehow are fake profiles. It has been a disappointing journey so far. I hope it gets better.

5 months ago

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Daniel Schwartz Minneapolis, MN

It worked ok but a lot of swiping to get a match sometimes it was matched with someone 2000 miles away

5 months ago

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Adrian Philadelphia, PA

I have been trying to CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. I tried with my google account, with my apple subscriptions and through my Tinder account and it does not allow me to do it! This is insane, I do not use the app, nor the service and they are taking from my account $15 USD every month, it is just not fair and there is no way to contact them. I tried sending them a request through their website but the "protected by reCAPTCHA" does not work either, I really do not understand. This company is taking advantage of people and they should be hold accountable, starting at least with an easier way to contact customer support. WHAT A BAD EXPERIENCE!

5 months ago

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Stephen Van Vactet Denver, CO

What i lime is the simple interface what I dislike is that I paid for an upgraded membership with little or no results

5 months ago

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Katie Scranton Rochester, NY

The only thing I don’t like is they don’t really give me people that are my type, it’s like random

5 months ago

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The Baja Bust Houston, TX

It is a very useful app that has great algorithms for finding people near you. My only complaint is that it’s easy for people to set up troll accounts and things like that.

6 months ago

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Tanya The Bronx, NY

I’m no longer on the app thank GOD but when i was they could add more ways to filter out those that are creepy and those that are inactive

6 months ago

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Rob321x North Tonawanda, NY

Great company. Make it very easy to match and meet new people always loved this site

6 months ago

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Adam Traill Athens, GA

Too many ppl just looking for lust and not love. This site is really good, but make sure you want what u want.

6 months ago

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Katie Lewis Eagle Mountain, UT

This is the 1st sight I have tride, I was really sketchy about it But it was easy to see different people that it was matching me up with.

6 months ago

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Janet Burton Knoxville, TN

Tinder probably isn’t for you if you’re a complete introvert. I was skeptical at first, but I ended up meeting some pretty cool people. I didn’t end up with any of them, and I only went out with one for awhile, but still made some friends! It’s worth a shot!

6 months ago

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Sebastian Garcia San Antonio, TX

Many people see Tinder as a site to just hook-up and stuff like that but I believe it has the ability to help you know individuals and network with certain of them. I believe it is very easy to use but it does take patient to be able to match if you do not pay for the Gold membership.

6 months ago

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Doris Aguirre ,

Super easy to use and you can literally upgrade to get all kinds of access. And if you ever want to get rid of someone they make it easy for you to get rid of them

6 months ago

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Kajsa Kirby Denver, CO

I've met a lot of people on it! Great experience. I like how it gives you the top 10 picks every day.

6 months ago

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Iris Sanders Denver, CO

Tinder is a great place to just meet people! I have had some rude experiences, but it is easy to report if needed.

7 months ago

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Ashlie Lara Salt Lake City, UT

Fine, nothing to write home about. Users can be weird. I'm not sure if I can report a profile but I'd like to be able to

7 months ago

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Christopher Owen Etter Brighton, CO

Poor quality of active users & too many scammers/bots active

7 months ago

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Gaelynn Varney Taft, CA

Almost every man that I met online initially, were only interested in getting ,well, you know. When I did meet someone in person, twice, he was a total liar and user. He was also cheating on his wife! Bad news! Got rid of site immediately after.

9 months ago

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Sondra Menthers

Absolutely horrible. Very low class men on there just looking for hookups.

9 months ago

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AJ Wakefield Tucson, AZ

The app's software is very user friendly. Unfortunately, the other users on the app were trashy and vulgar the majority of the time.

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tayloralexis Glendora, CA

Hated it. Met some of the weirdest people on here. Now I will never date online again

1 year ago

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Haley Nemmers Boulder, CO

Tinder is a dark place honestly, filled with a lot of not great men. I did find my sort of boyfriend though so that's great.

1 year ago

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Amalia AMLU5848 Arvada, CO

A great app if you do not want to be in a serious relationship and just enjoy going on random dates. You can also use Tinder to make friends if you're new to an area.

1 year ago

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