A couple of my very best friends are on Tinder, and we talk about their adventures (the good, the bad, the awkward, and the just plain weird) at least every week. There have been fun conversations, perfect dates, and awesome people, but there have also been dick pics, of course, questions about whether they prefer their men cut or uncut (if you know what I mean), and charmers-turned-stalkers.
We get a lot of singles coming to us asking about Tinder, how it works, and if it’s any good, so we’ve gathered reviews from people, like my friends, online articles, forums, and comments, as well as our experts to answer all of the questions out there. We’ve also provided three alternative apps for you to try along with, or in place of, Tinder, if you decide it’s not for you.
Tinder: Free, Fun, Popular & Successful, But Singles Have to Register via Facebook (4.5/5.0 Rating)
The numbers behind Tinder are staggering — the app has more than 50 million members in over 190 countries and who speak 24 different languages. It facilitates 1.6 billion swipes a day, 26 million matches a day (with 20 billion matches to date), and 1.5 million dates a week. Tinder also has four stars on iTunes and Google Play
By now, most people are pretty familiar with the way Tinder works, too, since it was founded in 2012. You sign up through Facebook, and the app pulls your information (name and age), photos (one main photo and five others from Facebook or your phone), and location. There’s also a section for including things like your gender and where you work or went to school. Some other information Tinder pulls from Facebook, which doesn’t really have anything to do with your profile, includes your interests and mutual friends and friends of friends of other members.
Tinder will use this information to make match suggestions, and you’ll swipe right on the people you like and left on the people you don’t. Liking or Super Liking a profile is another way to show interest. Messaging becomes available after two people swipe right on each other, and members will never know who swiped left on them.
Members also have the option to sync up their Instagram and let potential matches see a portion of their feed such as the 34 most recent photos.
Tinder says it’s good for hookups, dates, and relationships, but because of this somewhat addicting and appearance-based matching system, it tends to be more for hookups.
Premium features include unlimited likes and the ability to take likes back, unmatch with someone you previously matched with, revisit users you passed on, and access Tinder Passport (browse profiles in other locations, like for vacation, before you get there). Tinder Online is an upcoming free feature that will let singles swipe from any browser, on any device, and anywhere in the world.
Over the years, Tinder has received a lot of positive feedback, even from people who’ve said they met their future husband or wife on the app, including Selena B., who told SiteJabber.com:
“I just said I do yesterday to my husband who I met, yes, on this app. I want to thank this app over and over. As I’m writing this, I’m laying down on my husband’s chest while he sleeps… because of Tinder.”
On the flip side, some of the biggest complaints we’ve heard and read about Tinder are that singles have to have a Facebook profile to sign up, pricing is based on age and location, and men seem to have less luck than women.
In terms of the Facebook complaint, we can see why it would make some people uncomfortable, but Tinder uses Facebook profiles as a way to prove each member is who they say they are. Plus, the app promises to never post on your Wall on your behalf, so you really have nothing to worry about.
“I would have liked to register my account without the help of Facebook as I wanted to keep it as private as possible.” — David, of Buffalo, New York, said on ConsumerAffairs.com.
A premium membership in the US costs $9.99 a month for members under 30 and $19.99 a month for those 30 and over. The cost of membership varies depending on what country you live in. For other country prices, please check Tinder.
In regards to the location aspect, Sean said, “It’s not about necessarily optimizing for the dollars we bring in. It’s about optimizing for the number of people we can bring in. If I live in an emerging country or somewhere with an emerging economy, I can’t afford to pay as much as someone who lives in the US. There are some things we have to consider.”
Lastly, another common concern about Tinder is that since profiles are so focused on photos, rather than information about the person, more attractive people, particularly women, have the most success. Yes, members have the option to look at others’ bios and Instagrams, but how many people will actually take the time to do that?
Marcus Walker is one of those men who finds this to be a major issue on Tinder, and he wrote on Google Play:
“If you’re male, this is only useful if you’re incredibly attractive. I haven’t had any luck on this app. It seems to be primarily for hookups, not dating. I even tried premium and couldn’t get any matches with a Boost and non-stop swiping. I cannot recommend this app to anyone who’s average or below looking. It’s a self-esteem destroyer, waste of time and money.”
3 Other Options
Below are three other dating apps that have a good mix of similarities and differences with Tinder. The similarities are that they offer free memberships and location-based matching; among the differences are that you don’t have to sign up through Facebook, and the pricing models vary depending on how many months you want.
On this list, Zoosk is the most like Tinder. It’s integrated with Facebook, as well as Google+, but you also have the choice to simply create a profile via the app or homepage if you prefer to use a desktop. You can do this for free — plus the app won’t charge you for browsing, receiving matches, sending likes, and communicating in certain ways.
Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
|Gender Ratio||M: 48% | F: 52%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
The user base isn’t as large as Tinder, but it’s still extremely impressive: 38 million from more than 80 countries and who speak 25 different languages. The app’s Carousel feature is just as fun as Tinder’s matching system, too. You’ll be presented with a photo (in addition to the person’s age, location, and gender), and then you’ll tap the heart icon to signal yes or the X to signal no.
We all have heard of Match — after all, it’s been around since 1995 and has led to more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating service. Its app hit the scene in the mid-2000s and has proven that Match has still got it.
Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for and receive matches around the corner and across the world, find missed connections, "like" people, as well as send and receive winks.
|Gender Ratio||M: 49% | F: 51%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
A basic membership (which offers profile creation, several photo uploads, searching, match recommendations, and Missed Connections, among other features) is 100% free, while premium memberships start as low as $5.46 if you use the 74% discount.
Adult Friend Finder
For those who want a hookup, Adult Friend Finder is significantly better for finding one than Tinder is because that’s all this app focuses on. Whether it’s a one-night stand, threesome, swinging partner, affair, or any other kind of casual encounter, Adult Friend Finder can satisfy any sexual desire.
With 77 million members, Adult Friend Finder is one of the most popular apps for the sex community. It doesn't matter if you're single or part of a couple — you're welcome to search for sex buddies, threesomes, and other casual encounters. And you won't have to pay to do that as well as download the app, fill out a profile, and chat.
|Gender Ratio||M: 65% | F: 35%*|
|Available On||iOS, Android|
This app has 77 million members, 27 million more than Tinder, and makes your privacy its number one priority. Another component of Adult Friend Finder we like is that you can view members who are online at the same time as you, so you can initiate the conversation and meetup plans right away.
Tinder — A History-Making Dating App, But Don’t Limit Yourself!
My friends like Tinder (even when crazy stuff happens), but they’re also on two or three other dating apps just to see which is best for them and to improve their chances of meeting their ideal date or partner. With all the information above, we’ve given you a lot to think about. But the real test will be downloading Tinder, as well as one or two of the other apps, for yourself and making up your own mind. Good luck!
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