You can see his height, his college and grad school, any friends you share, and a variety of self-descriptive tags that Hinge lets you choose from including "country clubber," "bookworm," "joker," "smoker," and "midnight toker". You can also swipe through any photos he's uploaded; users also have the option of adding a short "about me" section. But pulling up a profile like this one, which Jimmy Fallon and the staff of The Tonight Show cooked up for Britney Spears looks quite different in Tinder:.
You get to see all their pictures, how close they are to you, how recently they logged in, and a short "about me" section.
If you share friends or likes on Facebook, you see that, too. This is a good time to recommend that you like Vox on Facebook , thus enabling you to match other Vox fans on Tinder and keep the lineage of Vox fandom running for many generations. But overall, you get a lot less information than on Hinge. That's partially by design. Part of what's made Tinder successful is that it greatly reduces the amount of effort that goes into setting up an online profile; while sites like OKCupid require you to answer huge batteries of personal questions "Do you own any dice with more than six sides?
Hinge takes a middle ground: you don't have to answer questions, but you do get to include more information about yourself. Sort of?
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While you can specify that you want people close to you, there are limits; whereas Tinder lets you look for users within one mile of you, the lowest Hinge goes is 10 miles. The app also doesn't automatically update when you change locations. If you live in Boston and go on a day trip to New York City, Tinder will start showing you New York matches, while Hinge will keep serving up Bostonians unless you manually change your hometown in your profile.
The focus isn't on finding a quick hookup close by; it's on finding people you could actually date, whom you might ask out if you met at a mutual friend's party. Hinge doesn't give user numbers, but spokeswoman Jean-Marie McGrath reports that 35, dates per week and 1, relationships happen because of the dating app. The gender ratio is , according to McGrath, and 90 percent of users are between 23 and 36, making the Hinge user base noticeably older than Tinder's.
An exact comparison isn't available, but 52 percent of Tinder users are between 18 and As of March , the app had made 1 million matches ; by August it was up to 3 million , and over 8 million by late October. Those are impressive figures, and suggest the app is growing fast it claims its user base grew fivefold in , but they still pale in comparison to Tinder.
As of January, Tinder had made 5 billion matches, and was making 21 million more every day. That's a difference of three orders of magnitude. Then again, Hinge currently is only available in 34 US cities and two foreign ones London and Toronto , whereas Tinder is available worldwide, and given that Hinge appears to be experiencing exponential growth it's not totally implausible to think it could be a real competitor.
There are a lot of horrible people in the world, and OKCupid and Match. Not really, sadly. It's still hundreds of times smaller than Tinder, and it'll probably take some time for it to become enough of a cultural staple to produce Tumblrs and memes like Humanitarians of Tinder , Fishermen of Tinder , Tinder Guys with Tigers , Tinder in Brooklyn , and Hello Let's Date. But Hinge's official blog is doing its damndest to try to close the gap, through stuff like its 30 Most Eligible in NYC list , which collects a group of the app's most socially connected and most frequently "liked" users in New York:.
Via Hinge. It even ranked Wall Street firms based on how frequently their employees were liked versus rejected. Goldman Sachs won.
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Goldman Sachs always wins. The danger of most dating sites and apps is that you have basically no idea whom you're being matched up with and whether they're safe to meet in person. Even now you'll hear concerns that your OKCupid date "could be a serial killer," which, while paranoid and hyperbolic, has a semblance of a point to it. Moreover, dating sites aimed at heterosexuals tend to feature a lot of male harassment of female users , sometimes to the point that women's inboxes become sufficiently clogged to render the service unusable.
Tinder got around those problems to a degree by requiring users to "like" each other to match before messaging. That eased the message onslaught, but the relative sparseness of Tinder profiles means you have nothing to go on besides your match's photos and messages to you, which doesn't do much to help you determine whether a stranger's safe to meet at a bar. Hinge's focus on matching with people you share friends with means you can ask those friends to vet prospective dates. That's not a perfect defense, but it's something. A Hinge fact sheet sent along by McGrath touts "No randos" as a key feature: "If Tinder feels like meeting a stranger at a bar, Hinge feels like getting warmly introduced at a cocktail party.
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The mutual-friends aspect also let the process bleed into offline dating. Buzzfeed's Joseph Bernstein has an incisive piece on how dating apps are giving rise to "offline-online dating" in which people use "offline life as a discovery mechanism for online dating. You might meet someone at a mutual friend's party, hit it off but not exchange numbers or make plans, and then run into each other on Hinge partially because of that mutual friend , giving you another shot.
Or the app could provide a safe way to express interest in a friend-of-a-friend whom you're hesitant to approach in person; after all, they only find out you like them if they like you back. Hinge only lets you see one profile at a time, then you either like or dislike someone to see the next person. The first few people you see are usually suggested as a likely match by the Hinge algorithm and after a while they get more general. This feature helps people find common ground. When you like someone, your response will be the first thing they see from you. Step 5: Stay free or pay for the Preferred Membership.
New users typically receive a free month of the Preferred Membership upon completing the profile. Practice playing around with your profile and tweaking different elements. Hinge is for long-term relationships and sometimes that takes… well, a long time. He can be found occasionally musing about politics, philosophy, and love in the modern world. Elevate your love life with practical dating advice delivered right to your inbox.
Moving On Divorce. Although I downloaded several at once, Ferrari advises to stick to one you like. It can have a long-term psychological effect.
Rejection can be so strong. You have to have some robustness to handle that. Quite often it's not about you, it's just you haven't ticked a certain box [for the other person]. And even if apps are your main game, Ferrari says don't discount the power of meeting people organically. That can lead to you not noticing the guy at the coffee shop who is interested because your energy is elsewhere. The first "women-first" dating app, where only females can initiate conversations except in same-sex matches , I thought Bumble would be a massive step up from Tinder.
Recently the company clocked up two million members in Australia. Generally, the guys on Bumble are a bit more interested in dating than hook-ups but it's been mixed pickings. I deleted the app over summer after the quality of men seemed to plummet, although I did download it again last week because I still don't have wifi or TV in my new apartment.
I'm chatting with a sane, attractive, kind guy. So for now, there's still hope. So, this is where the cool kids hang out.
I love the interface on Hinge, mainly because the profiles require you to answer three random questions, such as your ideal Sunday. It must be a popular feature because I have noticed Bumble has emulated it.