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Tinder is a matchmaking service based around a swiping system (photo cred Dating Global Insights)

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Is Tinder Really Worth It?

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Is swiping right really worth it on tinder? There is no guarantee you’ll get a match, and it’s hard to be sure if the person will even message you back.

Tinder is reaching its sixth year in September. In those six years it has barely changed its formula of simply swiping left or right to find a match. If you haven’t heard of Tinder, it is a location based dating app which lets you match with someone by swiping right on their picture. If you both don’t like each other then you will not be able to contact one another.

Matches are based around the age range you specify (anywhere between 18-55+). You can also super like your match to let them know you really like them, and if you have Tinder+ you can see who liked you and get unlimited swipes.

Now here’s the thing, everything is random and barely any users write details on their profile. Unlike its competition OKCupid, Tinder does not suggest matches based on answers you give to questions, but only suggests those in your area.

Now say you do get a match with someone you genuinely liked… there are some people who use the messaging feature to harass people. The downside of no algorithm is that you don’t get an idea of what the person is like, you have to hope that they aren’t a jerk after you match.

As for the LGBTQ community, tinder does allow you to put your gender in the description, but it does not affect the algorithm;  you still have to select whether you show up under men or women, leaving non-binary lonely hearts a little dysphoric.

Now is tinder really worth it? Like any dating site it’s all whether you’re brave enough to meet someone who could be faking what they look like or who they are, and as with any dates you set up with a stranger from online, make sure you’re in a public place and you have a safe way to get back home in case things go badly.

River Matis
River Matis is a Creative Writing major aspiring to write novels one day. On campus, River is the Event Planner for SNHU's LGBTQ+ Advocacy organization, Generation Equality. In their free time, River can be found reading or playing video games. Among their favorites are books about philosophy and "Skyrim."