Dating websites are so 2005. Today, more and more people looking for love, a date, or a no strings attached hook up are turning to their smartphones. One app that a lot of people are talking about is Tinder.
Simplicity is at the heart of Tinder: A series of photos of potential mates in your vicinity pop up on your phone. If you like the person you see, you swipe right. If you don’t, you swipe left and the next photo comes up. You get a match when you and the other person both swipe right, and then you can message each other.
One demographic has responded to Tinder overwhelmingly: women. What is it about Tinder that appeals to women? Do men and women essentially look for something different when they date or hook up online? Have you tried Tinder and what do you think?
Ann Friedman, a Los Angeles-based writer who wrote about Tinder for New York magazine
Jessica Carbino, a PhD. candidate in sociology at UCLA whose research focuses on online dating