Love

Tinder takeover

Single? Your love life’s about to spark up, thanks to the new dating app that’s changing the way we hook up…

By Julia Naughton
Tinder

When meeting someone IRL became too much work, we went online. And when filling out questionnaires and creeping on strangers’ profiles got boring, naturally we moved to apps. Because, really, what single lady doesn’t enjoy scouting potential BF material with the swipe of her screen? Tinder surprise! Here’s what the very near future holds for digital love. Happy dating!

I’d double-tap that

Before you get clicking, there’s a few things you oughta know.

Be prepared. Just like Facey, you might run into your ex on a dating app. And they’ll see you, too.

Make sure at least one of your profile pics is just you. It’s nice to have shots with your bestie, but the guy on the other end wants to know if you’re the blonde or brunette one.

On that note, avoid the dudes with more than one topless mirror selfie. And anyone holding a gun, obvs.

New boys are exciting, especially when they’ve got good banter. But hold out on giving him your number straight away. Unfortunately there’s
no “block” function IRL.

Tinder

Beauty writer Gyan Yankovich road tested this app so you can figure out whether you want in...

Rather than spending my last two years of being single hunting for a BF, joking about dying alone or trashing men, I’ve been making the most of it, while staying open to the idea of meeting someone. Which is why I love Tinder. The free app, by cofounder and CMO Justin Mateen, is described as a “social delivery platform” rather than a dating app, and it has singles all over the world signing in.

Getting onboard: Tinder links to FB to help you choose five pics for your profile. Not only is this beyond easy, it means that unlike sleazier apps Blendr and Grindr, you’re not likely to find a pic of a random’s D on your screen or fall for someone who doesn’t exist.

May I recommend… When sussing potentials, you can say “nope” or tap in that you “like” what you see. Once you’ve given someone the flick, you don’t see their profile again. If you are keen on someone they also fly off your screen, unless they’ve liked you too, which is when you get a chance to chat.

Like a perfect world: You won’t receive notifications from the app till you have a match, AKA mutual likes. And if you like someone but they don’t like you, they’ll never know you liked them. Beats real-life, right? It gets better.

Why it’s different: Not only can you view your recommendations’ pics, you can also see if you have mutual FB pals. Still weird about “online dating”? Consider this: if you only match with friends of friends, it’s as though you saw them on your newsfeed and added them. But way less stalker.

The hunt for good chat: While the initial stage of Tinder is based on appearance, beyond that it’s about the banter. While I know I don’t want to date someone who has their shirt off festival-style in every pic, I can’t predict if a guy’s going to ask me what I’m “wrighting” about this month. Mate, I’m writing about you and how you need to be re-educated.

Did it find me a good date? Yes. My advice: persist. It may take hours to find a decent match but it happens. I’m not the only proof. “We know of about 40 marriage proposals that have taken place off Tinder,” says Mateen. “We’re helping introduce you to the people you wish you knew.” And with that I agree. Yes, 17 mutual friends, this is me asking you why you never introduced us in the first place.

Coming soon

The top dating apps about to hit Oz (we predict you’ll love ’em).

Coffee Meets Bagel: Launched in Boston and now available in New York and San Francisco, CMB is a free dating app that sends you one match (your “bagel”) at 12pm every day, sourced from your FB friends’ friends. Once you’re matched you can chat.

Grouper: this app is targeted at young and busy professionals, and is designed to take the awkwardness out of dating. The app gets you to fill out a quick questionnaire, then sets you and two of your friends up with three guys, at a location based on your preferences. Now available in 20 cities in the US, this one’s all about casual meet-ups at a bar rather than dates.

Hinge: It claims it’s not a hook-up app by targeting those keen to settle down. Using the hot-or-not function, it only connects you to your FB friends’ friends. The selling point is that you will actually meet up with a match, as they’re more trustworthy than a complete stranger.