Picture yourself swiping left and right on people on Tinder. Later, you’re in class paying attention to what is being taught, when all of a sudden your phone vibrates. You check your phone and what does it say? You have a new Tinder match.
Tinder is the dating app that has become one of the most used apps among teenagers according to quora.com. According to Shannon Johnston, an SAS alum from the class of 2015, “A lot of people are either on Tinder because they are bored or because they are single and are tired of being single.”
So how does Tinder work exactly? It’s really simple. After downloading the app, it will use location services and Facebook information to make a profile. Tinder profiles includes the user’s first name, a variety of pictures of the user, the user’s age, and any interest the user might have.
After your account has been set up, Tinder gives you the option of choosing your age limit and distance. However, if you are a teen, you can’t look at adults and vice versa. For example if you are 16, then you can’t look at people over the age of 18, but once you become older than 18, you can change your age limit to as high as you want.
Nate Wehrman, a junior at SAS, said “I originally got Tinder just to see who was on it from our school.”
Tinder will then help you find possible matches near you, and if you find them cute or interesting you can swipe right to show interest. If you’re not interested, swipe left to pass, or if you really like them and want to get their attention, then you can “super like” them.
So why is Tinder so addictive? Well, daildot.com reported that science says that humans are really bad at flirting, and Tinder is an application that easily lets you know if someone is interested in you.
There are four types of Tinder “swipe” addicts: there is the “Micro Dreamer,” the “Insta- Spammer,” the “Power Addict,” and the “Chatterbox.” The “Micro Dreamer” user doesn’t have a “type” they like, so they just swipe right on whatever appeals to them. The “Insta- Spammer” users are all for dates and hanging out but don’t want any long term relationships. The “Power Addict” users are very confident in themselves and want attention from others. Finally, the “Chatterbox” users are the types of people who will message you a couple of times; they like to have constant communication.
“I would say that I am a mix of all four types of Tinder “swipe addict,” Nate said.
In order to create a Tinder account, the user must be at least 13 years old. According to expandeddramplings.com, there are 50 million active users on Tinder that check their account 11 times per day and spend on average one and a half hours on the app. Seven percent of those users are teens.
Quentin Perkett, a former SAS student, said, “I’m on Tinder all the time – in a way it’s fun and keeps me distracted.”
Tinder is always updating and improving. Recently, the dating app has added the option of connecting your Instagram to your app so that you can see more pictures that a user has posted. Another new feature is that they added a “super like” button. The next time you open the Tinder account of a “super-liked” user, they’ll pop up first on your list of people in the area.
Quentin said that “ever since Tinder updated and added the ‘super like’ choice, I feel like it has made it a better app because now if someone super likes me, I’ll get an instant notification.”
Senior Louise Remus has a theory on the app’s popularity. “Tinder is kind of addicting, not because of the boys on there but because of the swiping. You sort of become a pro at swiping really fast, and after awhile, it becomes almost like an addictive game such as Candy Crush.”
Anne Frier from Business of Apps stated that the reason Tinder has higher numbers than other dating apps is because it is free, appeals to all ages, has an app for each device, and is very simple and addictive to use.
But is Tinder safe for teens? Not according to cyber safety sites like thirdparent.com. To make their safety recommendation very clear, they created this helpful chart for parents.
So think before you swipe.