How Does Tinder Work?


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Tinder is a free online dating app that matches individuals together based on their physical attraction for one another. Each individual user connects a personal Facebook account with a new Tinder account to ensure the user is a real person.

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Once an individual creates an account, the app locates any potential friends from the attached Facebook account. The app also searches for mutual friends and locates any potential mates within a specific area. In order to find the perfect matches, the user must also indicate a search criteria based on whether or not a potential match is male or female, how old a potential match is and how far away the person lives.

Once the app locates potential matches, the individual can swipe through the pictures to see if there is anyone who might be of interest. A "right" swipe lets the other person know someone else has found the posted pictures attractive, while a swipe to the left removes the person from the potential love interests, and that individual never knows he was rejected. Unlike other online dating apps, Tinder is free for both users as of 2014. When both parties show an interest for one another, the app provides a messaging service for them to get to know one another.

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