Tinder Review

We've gone over the basics of Tinder, given you some safety tips, and outlined the potential costs of using the app.  Now, we get to the big question: will Tinder help you set your heart ablaze, or will it end up giving you the cold shoulder?  The following is a breakdown of what we feel Tinder does well and not-so-well.

Pros

  • Free and easy to start — Tinder doesn't cost any money to download, install, or use (though some features will be limited or locked if you don't have a paid subscription).  Plus, when you sign up for your account, Tinder will copy over your details from your Facebook profile, which takes a lot of the work out of sprucing up your profile!

  • Easy matching system — Tinder's match interface is incredibly simple to use.  See a suggested match you like?  Swipe your finger across your device's screen from left to right.  Is your current suggested match not turning your crank?  Swipe across the screen from right to left instead.  Or do you really like your current suggested match, and want to let them know?  Swipe across the screen from bottom to top to use the "Super Like" feature!

  • Communication made simple — Tinder doesn't have any fancy questionnaires, lists of deal-makers or deal-breakers, or anything like that… just easy, free-form chatting.  Once you and a few other users have "liked" each other, Tap the "Chats" menu, tap a match whom you wish to chat with, write what you want to say, and hit "Send".  No muss, no fuss!

Cons

  • You need Facebook, too — Tinder can't be used on its own.  You have to have an account on Facebook in order to log into Tinder, because it uses the details from your Facebook account to help build your profile.

  • Limited demographics — The vast majority of users are teens and young adults (ages 16-35), making up over 80% of Tinder's user base (as of late 2015).  In addition, Tinder is being marketed towards younger demographics, with subscriptions to Tinder Plus (Tinder's premium-tier service) costing about half as much for people under the age of 30 as for those who are 30 or older.

  • Choose carefully — Unless you have a subscription to Tinder Plus, you can only "like" a limited number of suggested matches on Tinder.  In addition, without Tinder Plus, you can't reverse the decision to ignore (or "Super Like") a suggested match, meaning that you will never see them again on the app.

The bottom line: 7/10

The main draw of Tinder as a dating app is how it simplifies the process.  You sign up, fill out your profile, and then decide who you like and don't like.  If they like you back, you can chat.  That's about it.  There are no big soul-searching questionnaires or "top 10" lists to fill out, or deep "matching criteria" to meet.  All of that means more time to look for more matches, or really get to know the matches you already have through open communication. 

However, there are some ways in which Tinder tries to be too simple, to the point that it's frustrating.  For starters, Tinder saves you the work of creating a profile when you sign up by copying parts of your Facebook profile.  But if you don't have a Facebook account, then you have to go to the trouble of creating one before you can use Tinder.  Also, to keep a steady stream of potential matches coming, Tinder doesn't let you go back and re-evaluate previous suggested matches (unless you have a paid subscription).  This can be problematic if you make a mistake or have second thoughts about someone.

By far the most polarizing element of Tinder is the user base that it's marketed towards.  A large majority of users are under the age of 35, and this is reinforced by the fact that the company charges double the monthly rate for a subscription to its premium service to Tinder users over the age of 30.  If you're under the age of 30, this isn't such a big deal, but if you're over 30 (and especially over 35), you'll likely end up spending a large amount of money on a dating app that doesn't give you a very good chance of finding other people in your age range.

Tinder has a good setup for veteran daters who already know what they want out of the dating scene, as well as people who are looking to date casually.  On the other hand, it's not that great for new daters or those looking for longer-lasting relationships. 

 

That's our take on Tinder!  Does it sound good to you?  Or do you want to be your own judge of whether Tinder is hot or not?  Carry on with the rest of our course, and we'll show you how to work it!  The first step will be downloading and installing the app! Check out our next tutorial to learn how!


Is Tinder Free?

Now that we’ve explained how to stay safe on Tinder, it’s time to talk about pricing.  Although we mentioned in our introduction to Tinder that it’s free to download and use, there are some costs involved with using the full range of features on Tinder. We’ll explain below.

Can I find someone on Tinder for free?

Tinder is free to download and use.  However, you are only allowed to “like” a certain number of other users, unless you buy a subscription to Tinder’s premium extension, known as Tinder Plus.  In addition to allowing unlimited “likes”, subscribing to Tinder Plus also unlocks additional features.

How Tinder makes money

Tinder actually didn’t start making money with their app until March 2015, when they introduced Tinder Plus.  Now, the majority of their money comes from charging users subscription fees to their premium services.  In July 2015, it was estimated that the app had over half a million paid subscribers.

What is Tinder Plus?

Tinder Plus is a subscription-based premium extension of Tinder.  In addition to allowing you to “like” an unlimited number of other users, a subscription to Tinder Plus unlocks three other functions that were frequently requested by users.  They are called “Super Like”, “Rewind”, and “Passport”.

The “Super Like” function allows you to notify another user that you like them.  If your profile appears on their version of Tinder as a suggested match, it will be highlighted with a star icon to let that person know that you gave them a “Super Like”.  Each user is allowed one “Super Like” per day, but with a Tinder Plus subscription, you are allowed to use “Super Like” up to five times per day.

The “Rewind” function allows you to undo an action with regard to the last suggested match that you viewed.  For example, if you chose to ignore them or give them a “Super Like”, but then have second thoughts, you can use the “Rewind” function to make your decision over again.  However, once you make a decision on another suggested match beyond that one, your choice is locked in and cannot be changed.

The “Passport” function allows you to change the geographical location assigned to you on Tinder, so that you can look for potential matches on Tinder if you’re away from your home area.

How much does Tinder Plus cost?

The cost of Tinder Plus depends on two main things: where you live in the world, and your age.  For example, if you live in the United States, a Tinder Plus subscription will cost you about $10 per month if you’re under the age of 30.  If you’re 30 years of age or older, it will cost about $20 per month.

This is still relatively cheap, though, when compared to a website like eHarmony.com, which costs about $60 per month to use. Granted, you can get rates of $10 per month or $20 per month on eHarmony, but that requires you to sign up for a year — or even two years — at a time.

 

That’s about all that we can tell you about how much Tinder costs, and how it makes money!  For our final introductory lesson, we’ll sum up the pros and cons of using Tinder.


Is Tinder Safe?

Okay, so we've explained what Tinder is and how it works, including the fact that it's used for dating.  While dating can be fun and (hopefully) romantically fulfilling, it can sometimes contain hidden threats to your privacy or emotional (or even physical) well-being.  That's why it's important to be cautious and vigilant in any dating scenario, especially when the Internet is involved (like it is with Tinder).  The following is an assessment of how safe Tinder is, as well as some things to keep in mind while using it in order to avoid potential pitfalls.

How safe is Tinder?

Tinder is about as safe as many other popular generic dating applications and websites. It is designed for speed and efficiency because it focuses on casual and short-term dating, and so may not be hands-on in terms of making safe connections as certain other dating sites, such as eHarmony.com.

On the whole, though, Tinder's safety is largely dependent on how diligently you can follow reasonable precautions when dealing with the people whom you communicate with and take out on dates.

Top  4 Tinder safety tips

1. Protect your personal and financial information.

Never include your social security number, credit card information, or other banking information in your Tinder profile, and never give any of these out to anyone on Tinder who asks for them.  Also, if you don't feel comfortable with it, avoid putting any definitive identity information in your Tinder profile, such as your full name, your phone number, your email address, or your home address. Only give this sort of personal information to another person on Tinder when you are comfortable enough with them to take them out on a date.

2. Report Tinder users who behave suspiciously.

There are certain people who may interact with you on Tinder — or send you emails regarding Tinder — who may drop warning signs that they aren't who they say they are, or are otherwise unsafe to deal with.  In particular, you should tell Tinder about anyone who:

  • asks for your account user name or password
  • sends you messages that include links to third-party websites
  • insists on meeting you (however briefly) outside of Tinder before you're ready to do so
  • asks you for money or donations
  • appears with two or more very similar profiles that have different names
  • asks for your home address, usually under the guise of wanting to send you gifts
  • appears to be under the age of 18 in their profile picture(s)
  • sends you threatening or deliberately offensive messages
  • behaves inappropriately or appears significantly different when you meet them in person
  • sends you messages attempting to sell you a product or service

3. Don't meet another user outside of Tinder until you're ready.

You should never feel pressured to go on a date with another user.  Take things at a pace that you're comfortable with, and ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel safe regarding meeting the user in person.  You may even want to do your own research into the user's background, based on their profile details.  If they're honest and trustworthy, they will understand your need to feel secure.  If, in contrast, they get impatient, it may be a sign that they have ulterior motives… or at least that they generally aren't going to be a good fit with you anyway.

4. Take proper precautions when meeting a user on a date.

When you're finally ready to talk with a Tinder user face-to-face in real life, don't completely let your guard down just yet.  There are still some steps that you should take to avoid making yourself vulnerable to someone who ends up not being the person whom you thought they were on Tinder.  For example:

  • Never agree to meet your date in a private or isolated location, and especially not at either person's home.  Instead, insist on meeting your date in a public place where there are bound to be a fair number of other people around.  Your date is less likely to try anything suspicious or rash in a place where someone else might notice or otherwise be able to step in.

  • Let a close friend or family member know about your date, including where you are going and when you expect to be back.  Make sure to have a way to stay in contact with them, such as a mobile phone, in case something comes up.

  • Never allow your date to pick you up or drop you off.  Getting into a car with someone whom you don't know or trust can be dangerous.  Instead, arrange your own transportation, which could include driving your own car, taking public transit, or flagging down your own taxi.

If you'd like more tips on how to use Tinder safely, visit the American Federal Trade Commission's page on dating scams here, or Techboomers' own article on safe online dating here.


What is Tinder and How Does It Work?

A lot of dating websites these days are concerned with compatibility factors.  What are your physical traits?  What are your personality traits? What do you like to do?  What are your values?  What are you looking for in a match?  And what are matches looking for in you?  It can seem like there's an awful lot of number-crunching and data-matching that goes on before you and a potential match get the chance to really know each other through mutual communication.

While this may be fine if you're new to the dating scene or are looking for a long-term relationship, it can be frustratingly restricting if you're a veteran dater and/or want something more casual or short-term.  If you're looking for a dating app where you can leave a bit more to chance and decide whom you'll click with or not through actually talking to them, as opposed to relying on a bunch of computer algorithms, then Tinder may be for you.

So what is Tinder, and why should I use it?

Tinder is a mobile dating app. After you log in with your Facebook account, Tinder creates your profile and shows you suggested matches based on your information.  You can "like" or "ignore" each suggested match.  If one of your suggested matches "likes" you back, you can chat with each other.

Tinder is popular because, as its CEO notes, it takes the friction out of the dating process and allows more time for actual communication, rather than just staring at a bunch of profile details or responses to relationship questions.  In that sense, Tinder is sort of a "speed dating" app that's good for people looking for casual and/or short-term dating.  On the other hand, it's not designed to foster long-term relationships, as opposed to websites like eHarmony.com or Match.com.

How does Tinder work: 4 steps to start finding relationships with the app

1. Sign up for a free account through Facebook, and have your profile started for you!

If you have a Facebook account, then you're basically all set to use Tinder!  Just download and install the free app on your tablet computer or mobile phone, then log in using your Facebook account credentials.  Tinder will copy the information from your Facebook profile, so you'll have a brand new profile instantly!

The form for signing up for Tinder through Facebook

2. Express yourself by sprucing up your Tinder profile with additional information and photos.

Having more information and photos on your profile means that your potential matches will have a better idea of whether they'll "like" you or not.  Add a miniature biography, or some snaps of you doing the things that you love.  It may grab the attention of a special someone!

Details on your Tinder profile that you can change

3. Decide whether each of your potential Tinder matches is hot or not.

Based on the information in your profile, as well as other factors (such as your geographical location), Tinder will show you a list of people whom you might be interested in.  Check out their profile, and if they seem like a keeper, "like" them.  If not, "ignore" them.  You can even "super like" someone so that they know you "liked" them, which might make it more probable that they'll "like" you back when you show up as a suggested match on their account!

Like, ignore, super like, or rewind a suggested Tinder match

4. Once you're matched with someone on Tinder, start chatting it up with them!

If both you and another Tinder user happen to "like" each other, then you get matched!  Once you're matched with someone, you can start exchanging messages back and forth.  Start with a topic that they're interested in, compliment them and appeal to their emotions, and see where things go!  If you hit it off, you may be able to arrange a date in the real world!

Having a conversation with a Tinder match

 

Throughout our Tinder course, we'll tell you what you need to know to potentially create a spark with someone on Tinder!  That includes safety tips (in our next tutorial), how to download and install the app, how to set up your account, how to find potential matches, and how to start a conversation with someone you're matched with. 

If you're into the casual dating scene, perhaps it's time that you warmed up to Tinder!