Since its launch last September, the dating app Tinder, has been making waves.This May, Tinder hit over 50 million matches.“The whole Tinder experience is designed to be familiar and emulate the way we interact in real life—digitally reproduced, enhanced, and made mobile,” says the App's site.It takes away the rejection aspect: “If both users give each other the thumbs up, then Tinder sets up a chat.The genius (apart from the simplicity — it uses your Facebook profile photos) is that no one finds out about unrequited lust, freeing up nervous singletons to be completely honest,” according to the .While there are many apps on the market claiming to bridge hearts and find soul mates, Tinder’s goal is to merely introduce people who don’t know each other.Some simplify it and call it the i Phone version of a booty call.“There are a lot of great platforms that help us communicate with people we already know, but there isn't a way for me to meet new people,” said Tinder CEO and founder Sean Rad, 27 in an interview.Eli Finkel, Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Northwestern University, believes that “online dating is a marvelous addition to the ways in which singles can meet potential romantic partners.” On the other hand, it's not perfect.
Some users have said that the app is “easy to use” and “non-threatening.” However, the only way to access Tinder is through Facebook and this has left a few people wary.
Users have also said that Tinder is only useful for validating the attractiveness of a potential match.“More of a self-esteem boost (or opposite) because it’s based on very shallow principles,” said one user in a review.
Tinder uses the Facebook platform to allow users to log in and search for singles in their neighborhood.
If users are mutually interested in each other, Tinder then sets up a chat.
The days of personal ads in local papers and flyers have come a long way.
Now, with all of the technological advances of the past few years, casual sex is at your fingertips.