HINGE: THE ANTI - TIN­DER

Elle (Canada) - - Man -

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.

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