Is it a mere craze and, a bit like Facebook or trendy facial hair, have we reached ‘peak Tinder’? Let’s get one thing straight – people haven’t stopped using Tinder. Singletons (and people in relationships, let’s be honest) are still swiping 1.4 billion times a day, and as dating expert and life coach Jo Barnett says, Tinder’s popularity has meant that online dating has never been more normal.
People’s digital dating worlds came crashing down yesterday when Tinder went down for a number of hours worldwide, with the UK worst effected as the failure struck between 7pm and 12am GMT. One user named Chris Simpson told BBC Newsbeat: "I lost all of my matches last night, including a girl I think could be my dream girl after years of searching. There’s no need for a Tinder victims support group just yet though, as the makers of the dating app assured users via Twitter that their matches would be restored if they logged out and back in again following the technical difficulties.
I have an OKCupid account. Most of the time it sucks, but as a single person in New York who’s kinda-sorta trying not to be single for the rest of her life, it’s just one of those necessary evils.
Online dating sucks: This, we know. So, in an effort to clear up some of the miscommunication that so often clouds the online dating experience, the fine people at Hinge—a dating app that connects singles through their extensive Facebook networks—conducted a massive, in-depth survey to find out what sort of initial messages actually inspire replies. Explained Karen Fein, Hinge’s VP of Marketing, when the findings were released Thursday morning, “Everyday, the Hinge team is asked if we know the secret to starting a great conversation that will actually lead somewhere.