I had gone so long with the temptation of downloading tinder without actually doing it. I had always pondered “is tinder worth it?”, but had never actually gone through the 3 min. it takes to download and set up a profile.
My guy and girl friends always touted that it was the best dating platform for young singles. And although I was not as young as I once was, I decided to give it a shot.
In this article you will find out whether or not tinder is worth it and whether or not you should download this popular hookup app. Yes I call it a hookup up because that is exactly what it is notoriously famous for. The real question is whether or not it is useful for anything other than that.
Is Tinder Worth it – Well it depends on what you’re looking for
As I mentioned above, tinder is the notorious application for hooking up. Definitely more than any traditional online dating sites such as eHarmony, match or POF. The only dating website that has a more notorious vibe for hooking up is something like Ashley Madison. A lot of people download Tinder without knowing what they are getting into. That is what this study shows that approximately 32% delete it after the first day.
So if you’re sitting at home thinking to yourself “should I download tinder” or not, let me first breakdown the type of people that are on tinder and what they are looking for.
From my personal experience, the majority of people on tinder are not looking for any sort of serious relationship. The reason why Tinder is such a popular platform for casual daters or simply hooking up is because of how big its member base is.
I was not able to find an exact number of members that Tinder has but I can see that on the Google placed or there are approximately 100 million downloads. I would assume that there are approximately the same number of downloads with iPhones bringing it to a total of 200 million. I am not sure how many people are active users, but this is still a very strong member size.
Every single person that I know (including myself) has an overwhelmingly amount of matches on Tinder. I attribute this to the fact that there are so many people on Tinder and the majority of people swipe left and right without even thinking too much more than a couple seconds. Because everyone has so many matches, it makes each match less special because there are simply too many. It in some fashion dilutes the quality or uniqueness of a match compared to other dating sites such as eHarmony.
In this is exactly why Tinder is such a popular hookup application. The majority of people don’t create strong bonds or deep connections with one another. If one match falls through or the date doesn’t go well, they can forget about it within minutes and move on to the next match. If you do go on a date with a guy or girl from Tinder, you can rest assured that he or she has 10 to 20 other matches that they are currently talking with. This can be seen as a good thing and a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
This can be a good thing if you are simply playing the field because each date does not need to be taken that seriously. On the other hand if you are looking for something special with someone, it is hard to feel that you have something special with one another while at the same time both of you are talking with dozens of others. If this is okay with you, Tinder can be completely worth it.
Overall though, if you are looking for Tinder to find you the love of your life, I suggest searching elsewhere. I have found much stronger connections with the dates that I have met on eHarmony or match compared to Tinder. The individuals on that platform are looking for longer-term relationships compared to the average swiper on Tinder.
Is Tinder worth it – The pros and cons
In order for you to figure out whether or not tender is worth it is to personally weigh the pros and cons of the dating application. Let’s begin with the pros of Tinder.
- Tinder is completely free (although there is a paid option that I will talk about later)
- Tinder has a huge number of users. And not just in the United States, all around the world.
- Tinder works extremely well especially in large cities. It’s not a very good option in smaller cities, you probably already know everyone.
- It’s extremely easy to set up a profile on Tinder and get swiping.
- If you are looking for casual dating or hookups, Tinder is a great app.
Okay now let’s move on to the cons of using Tinder.
- There is an overwhelmingly amount of fake profiles on Tinder. All you need to do to create a Tinder profile is to have a Facebook account. People create fake Facebook account all the time for this purpose.
- Tinder can consume a ton of your time if you are not careful. When you have so many matches and are receiving so many messages, it takes a long time to talk to all of your interests.
- If you don’t live in a large city, Tinder can be difficult to find new people.
- Tinder can be expensive if you decide to sign up for Tinder plus. Although on the other hand, other dating websites also charge a premium.
Is Tinder plus worth it? – What is included?
Tinder plus comes with a whole slew of features that can be helpful in catching the eye of someone that you would like to match with. Let’s talk about some of the features of Tinder plus to see if it is worth it.
The super like option will send a notification to the person that you super like. It will make sure that your profile is shown to that person. This can be very beneficial due to the fact that there are so many users on Tinder that normally your profile might not be seen by the people that you really wanted to be seen by.
Although you get one super like per day on the free Tinder account, with Tinder plus you get up to five in a 24-hour period. By far this is the biggest upside to Tinder plus because it converts into matches at an alarmingly high rate. Tinder plus is worth it just for the super likes.
I am not actually sure what this feature is called but I’m going to stick with teleport locations. Basically lets you move anywhere around the world and swipe in that area. This can be very helpful if you are about to go on a business trip out of your city and would like to meet somebody new in the place that you will be.
This is also very helpful for travelers. Another reason why this is a notorious hookup application. These people know that you will only be in their city for a few days and are willing to meet up. They obviously are not looking for anything serious.
The ability to rewind
If you accidentally swipe yes or swipe no on somebody on accident, you are able to rewind and change your decision. Tinder implemented this feature due to the fact that people swipe yes and no so fast and mindlessly that errors are a common mistake. What would you do if you accidentally swiped no on your future husband/wife!
Is Tinder worth it – The conclusion
Let’s break it down to see whether or not Tinder is worth it. Tinder is worth it if you are looking for casual dating and or hookups. Although the rare relationship might come out of it, I would look elsewhere if you are only looking for something serious. I suggest checking out my eHarmony vs match article because those are the top two in my opinion.
Tinder is also worth it if you would like in ego boost or just want to kill some time chatting with tons of interested men/women. This is by far the easiest way to meet new people.
Tinder is not worth it if you are leaning towards something more serious. Tinder is also not worth it if you have friends and family that might see you on their. Trust me, If you are on Tinder you better be okay with everybody knowing about it.
Let me know whether or not I answer the question “is Tinder worth it”. I think that it can be for some people it all depends on what you are looking for. And obviously not everyone on Tinder is just looking for a hookup. There are genuinely good people on their and I cannot generalize the whole entire population of Tinder.
Make sure you let people know what your interests are in your profile description. Now what are you waiting for, get out there and start looking online for love!