How Tinder works – The keys to the most popular dating app

Are you curious about dating apps, but you still don’t know how Tinder works? In that case, you’ll be interested to know that registering is free, and that its operation is so simple that even your cat could create a profile in a careless way if you leave your cell phone at his disposal. Is Tinder really what they say? Is it certainly one of the best apps to flirt for free?

All you need is a smartphone and a Facebook account. And you won’t have to face complicated questionnaires about your personality, because this app is more for flirting, not for finding your ideal partner. The questions are as basic as your name and age, whether you’re male or female, what you’re looking for, and what your tastes or hobbies are. And that’s it. What matters here is your photo. This is how Tinder works.

In total you can upload up to six images, although it is advisable that your main photo is of good quality, and that your face is well distinguished, because that photo will be the first and maybe the only thing your contacts will see. It is also advisable to add a photo with your friends, to show that there are other human beings who appreciate you, and a more personal photo, accompanied by a brief and suggestive self-description.

How to use Tinder

Once you have registered, the appointment search process consists of viewing the photos of the contacts that the application has selected for you, taking into account the information you have provided about what you are looking for. The operation is simple, and it is very characteristic of Tinder. You only have to look at the photos of your possible contacts in the smartphone, dragging them to the right when you like someone, and to the left if you don’t.

When you drag a photo to the left, that person will never know that you have discarded it, and you won’t know either when they do it to you. Similarly, that girl or boy you like will never know about it, unless he or she has also taken an interest in you. On the other hand, when you and that person like each other, the application sends a notice to both parties, and only then puts you in touch to start a private conversation in the chat.

This is how Tinder works in its free version, although you can also “cheat” with the Tinder Gold payment option, which allows you to directly locate the likes you have received, without having to spend all day sliding your finger in search of a match.

Geolocation is one of the most appreciated tools, and that’s why Tinder searches for you the possible contacts within your own zone, as long as both parts have the location of the mobile activated. This immediacy allows you to know which contacts you have near you at any moment, in real time, with all the good things that this implies.

How Tinder works

When you first log in, Tinder will ask you to choose your “Discovery Options” to limit the range of people who can see your photo, and it is based on only three criteria: gender (male/female), the maximum number of miles from your possible date, and the age range of the person you are looking for.

According to different studies, 54% of the users of this app are single people, but it is interesting to note that 30% of the users are married, and the other 12% have a relationship of some kind. If we count, in Tinder there are 42% of people who already have a partner. What is happening here? As it usually happens in the physical world, the seduction rituals of dating applications reproduce the usual patterns of human behavior.

How does Tinder work for women, and how does it work for men? In general, girls are more selective and demanding than boys. They write the most and longest messages and gather the most information about a possible date.

Men’s strategy is the opposite, and is based on quantity, exhausting free likes, or resigning themselves to paying a premium service like Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, which allow the user to know who has given him a like, or to change location, or five superlikes a day and other advantages. Tinder’s premium services cost about 2 euros per month if you are under 30, but from this age the price shoots up to 15 euros.

Is there privacy in Tinder?

As Tinder works, it is clear that the obligation to link the app to your Facebook has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand it works as a filter to guarantee that Tinder profiles are authentic, that they correspond to real people, which helps to eliminate a good number of false accounts, but it also means a loss of control over your privacy.

Maybe you don’t like it when your Facebook friends find out that you are in Tinder. This is something the app has already foreseen. That’s why when you click on a contact’s photo, the information about your common first and second grade friends on Facebook appears, from a friend’s ex-boyfriend to a member of your own family, or even your spouse.

This is how Tinder works, but there are some tricks to minimize the link between Tinder and Facebook, but we explain that in another post. In any case, if what you are looking for is to link in a discreet way, remember that social networks are by definition the opposite of discretion.

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