The dating app space is heating up — so we decided to compare the most popular ones out there. 4 0 0 0 . 2 hinge dating app questions 0 0 .
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First up: Tinder, which seems to be the preferred dating and hookup app of all my friends. Tinder is probably Match Group’s most prolific portfolio company, and is known for pioneering the “swipe right” feature that has since been adopted by nearly every other major dating app. The first thing you’ll want to do on the app is set up your preferences and your profile. You can opt not to be shown in Discovery — the stack of profiles people swipe through — but what’s the point of that?
You can also choose how far away the people you match with can be, your location, the gender of people you’d prefer to see, and the age range you’re interested in. Your profile is a bunch of pictures of yourself. You can also opt to add a 500-word bio. Once you’re all set up, you’re ready to swipe. You can tap the heart button if you’re interested in a person’s profile, or the X button if you’re not. Conversely, you can also swipe right, of course, to express interest, and left to pass.
Tap on a person’s picture to see more about them. If you and another user both right-swipe each other, congrats! You’ll be matched with them. You can elect to send them a message or keep swiping. The biggest problem with Tinder is that it’s so easy to swipe through people’s profiles, everyone seems to forget about their matches — and nobody wants to be the first person to send a message. For those too shy to initiate a conversation right away, Tinder’s “Moments” feature lets you see photos that your matches have uploaded, and swipe right or left on them.
So, for example, if you wanted to talk to Michael but maybe didn’t want to have to send the first message, you could swipe right on his Moment, below. Moments last for 24 hours and then self-destruct, like a Snapchat Story. Tinder also recently rolled out a “super likes” feature. You get just one super-like a day, and they don’t carry over. After that, if you want more, you will need to pay for Tinder Premium. OK, enough about Tinder — there are plenty of other dating apps out there. Hinge shows you a set number of users every day — it’s not unlimited swipes like Tinder, but you’re given, in theory, a more curated list of eligible bachelors or bachelorettes — they’re all people your friends already know.
Like Tinder, you can swipe right or left, or tap the heart or X buttons. Where Tinder is most notably a hookup app, Hinge is pretty clearly meant for people who want something more thorough than a one-night stand. In addition to all the normal discovery preferences you have with tinder — the gender of the people you’re interested in, age, location, etc. You can also add things to your profile like your preferred dating spots, and some phrases from a Hinge-created list that best describe you.