What is Tinder?

Tinder is still on top as the most popular of all the best sex apps, and 2017 has seen the numbers of Tinder’s paid users rocketing to 476,000 singletons subscribing for premium access. We’re expecting an even bigger spike during winter’s cuffing season. And now the Tinder experience is about to jump from our phones to our physical lives, thanks to the genius of AI technology.

Greg Blatt, the CEO of Tinder’s parent company and one of the best online dating sites, Match, has announced exciting new features that he promises to ‘blur the lines between the physical and digital worlds for dating.’ After the success of Tinder Gold – which lets you pay to see who swiped right on you – the new features expected to hit Tinder in early 2018 include AI and geolocation functions allowing users to fully immerse themselves into the activities of the people they’ve already been matched with. He said, ‘Until now, Tinder has basically been a swiping machine – it’s effective and simple but ultimately limited.’

The introduction of Tinder’s AI-assisted dating function is being kept firmly under wraps but it has got everyone talking. Though the jury is still out as to whether wearing an AI headset on a virtual first date could be the key to finding true love or the biggest passion killer since halitosis.

These latest Tinder updates come after a long line of game-changing extra functions in the last few years, including the development of Tinder online so that you can literally swipe anywhere. Here’s everything else you need to know about Tinder and how to maximise it.

Research shows that there are 50 million active users on Tinder who check their accounts 11 times per day and spend an average of 90 minutes per day on the app. And if you’re all too familiar with the perils of Tinder, we’ve charted the 12 most soul-destroying things about internet dating.

But, if all of this means nothing to you, then here’s everything you need to know about the dating app everyone is talking about.

What is Tinder?

It’s an online dating app. When it first came onto the scene, it was used more as a hook-up/no strings sex app because it finds you potential matches based on their proximity to you. But now almost everyone seems to be on it.

How does Tinder work?

It finds your location using GPS, then uses your Facebook information to create your profile but don’t worry – nothing about Tinder will ever be posted to Facebook. Your Tinder profile is made up of your first name, age, photos of your choice and any pages you’ve ‘liked’ on Facebook. You can also include your education and occupation in your bio.

Tinder then finds you potential matches near your location (you can narrow it down by age and distance, too) and if they take your fancy, you swipe right to ‘like’ them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. If they’ve also ‘liked’ you – then bingo, it’s a match and you can start messaging.

Can you use Tinder without Facebook?

The short answer to this is sadly, no. You need a Facebook profile to be able to use the app.

Can you use Tinder online?

Yes. Thanks to an update, we have Tinder Online which you can now use on any device – including your laptop or, dare we say it, work computer. So if you need a break from spreadsheets and fancy a scroll, it’s totally possible without being glued to your phone. Perfect.

How to create the perfect Tinder profile 

We know what you’re thinking: how on earth are we meant to create the perfect Tinder profile (right-swipeable obvs) to lure in our soul mate?

A new algorithm alternates the photo first seen by others when you show up on Tinder and notes each response to put your best foot – or picture – forward to new people. Clever right?

It has seen a 12% increase in matches. So spend less time ordering your pics, and more time swiping for Mr or Mrs Right.

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