HINGE: THE ANTI - TINDER
Swiping through random singles can seem pointless to some. If Tinder isn’t for you, there’s a new dating app called Hinge. It pegs itself as the “anti-Tinder” and helps you “find people you’ll actually connect with.” Most of us feel the best way to meet someone is through friends, and Hinge says it’s trying to take over that role.
Like Tinder, Hinge uses Facebook to create your profile, but it doesn’t connect you to strangers. It searches your extended social network and curates a batch of matches that you haven’t had a chance to meet yet. It takes into account factors such as your Facebook likes, your religion and even your level of attractiveness. If both parties like each other, Hinge extends an introduction along with a list of shared interests and even recommends a meeting spot. The app states that 99 percent of its users are college educated and that it has led to millions of matches so far. Right now the app is only in the U.S., but the team
hopes to launch in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver next year. 20% of readers surveyed who are aged 18 to 29 use Tinder.