Participation in Down is completely safe and secret until you choose otherwise. With only a limited amount of information needed, anonymity is high. The key to success is creating a profile and honestly stating what you are interested in. Whether you choose to Get Down or Get Date with someone, members you are interested in cannot see you until they also choose to Get Down or Get Date with you. The app empowers you to connect with others nearby who have the same desires in a simple and honest way that gets you what you want and does not waste anyone’s time.
In another recent study, by Sindy Sumter and colleagues, a sample of 163 Dutch Tinder users rated the extent to which various motives described their reasons for using Tinder.2 The researchers then used a statistical technique to group those ratings into general categories. The categories, and the average ratings of the participants for each category, are summarized in the table below.
The gist: Grindr is the world's biggest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, helping singles get it on since 2009. Because there aren't a ton of women on it, it's usually known as the app for gay men — and at 3.6 million daily users, you could say it's hella popular. Though it's kind of pegged as a hookup app, finding a lasting relationship on here isn't impossible by any means. Just keep in mind that many users you'll come across aren't looking for anything serious.
Pitched at a slightly older, more professional crowd than many other dating apps (our average member age is 30-55), EliteSingles is a great fit for those who want to add love to their list of success. With high levels of education (91% of Canadian users are educated to Bachelor's degree level or higher); and a wide range of professions, EliteSingles members are interesting, dynamic people who are united by their desire to find a truly compatible match.
It apparently creates “smart matches” between people who are looking for something similar. This is because it allows users to make clear what they are “looking for” as well as a series of “prompts” of which they can choose 3. These include finishing sentences on their profile such as “the dorkiest thing about me is…” Even though users view profiles in a similar way to Tinder and either like or dislike them, apparently they are only presented with matches Hinge’s algorithm has determined they would like.
The appearance of this application is very similar to all other popular social networking services, such as Facebook and Instagram. The only notable difference is the search menu that provides big user photo-tiles for easier viewing. It means that you don’t necessarily have to open someone's account to find out how he or she really looks like. Other options, including chatting, is classic.
First seen on the TV series Shark Tank, Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that makes it easy for people searching for that special someone to find a match, presenting users a handful of pre-selected matches every day at noon. Women have the final say if they want to talk to a suitor, and LGBTQ members have their own specific process where both genders will receive their potential matches.
We also know very little about the long-term prospects of Tinder-initiated relationships. Traditional online dating websites, like match.com, have been around long enough that researchers are starting to understand the prognosis for those relationships and the types of people who use the sites. What does the future hold for Tinder and its users? Only time — and more research — will tell.