Even for devoted Tinder users, this update has been a bit of a disillusionment and many are now looking for an app to take its place.
I spent some time this week doing some research (sadly, none of which ended in a date) on the best free alternatives to Tinder currently on the market – the classics, the copy-cats, the creative, and the crazy – because at some point, we’re all going to run out of right swipes and need another app to turn to!
Now that Tinder is charging for its services, it might be time to turn to one of the many other dating apps available.
Since its 2012 launch, Tinder has quickly become one of the most popular forms of online dating.
Its simplicity has been part of what makes it so attractive to its users – using geolocation, the app shows users profiles of their preferred gender and age-range within a set geographical area.
Profiles consist only of a first name, an age, a 500-character description, and up to six photos.
If the user likes a profile they “swipe right” and if they don’t, they “swipe left”.
The app only allows users to exchange messages if two users match by both swiping right on each other.
This formula has been incredibly successful — with over 50 million users, Tinder has become a serious contender in the online dating world.
However, many online daters have some issues with Tinder’s approach to romance.
The focus that Tinder places on appearances has meant that the app has gained a reputation for being a “hook-up” app.