Alternatives To Tinder 1. Does Tinder Work For Guys? The first question on the minds of plenty of guys is, "Does this thing even work!? Let's take a closer look at Tinder's purpose before we move on to some tips for getting matches: Is it for serious dating, or just for casual hook ups? The short answer is both: While Tinder started life as a hookup app , it's no longer appropriate to assume that everyone who is using Tinder is looking for casual sex.
If Tinder is used for so many different purposes, how can you tell whether the women in your queue are looking for friendship, hook ups or serious dating? Well, there are a few key signs and phrases. For example, if you see the phrase "no ONS" on Tinder, that stands for "no one night stands", and means she's very unlikely to be interested in casual sex.
The same goes for phrases like "no hook ups", "seeking something serious" and "no players" — anything along these lines will indicate that she's looking for something more serious. Equally, if she is seeking casual sex only, this will usually be apparent from wording like "no strings" or "casual fun only".
You can use Tinder for any of the above reasons too, but it pays to be clear with yourself and everyone else exactly what you're looking for. If you're not looking anything more than a casual hook up, you should make that clear, ideally in your bio "not looking for anything serious," "seeking hook ups" or at the very least once you start chatting to your matches and more on that below. If you're looking to date seriously, that should also be immediately evident to anyone interacting with you.
Once you're clear about what you want and you've made sure everyone else is too, you're going to need to craft a perfect profile to maximize your chance of getting matches: Lead Photo It's important to use a flattering but not misleading picture of yourself in your profile, and starting with a clear, well-composed, smiling head shot is your best bet. Group shots are even worse as a leading image, but the inside word is that you can stack the odds in your favor by holding an adorable kitten or puppy.
Photo Diversity It pays to take advantage of all six photo slots Tinder allows you, to provide as much information as possible to potential matches.
Consider that your pictures give away crucial information not just about what you look like, but also how you like to spend your time: Bio Your bio is optional, but we highly recommended that you include one. Instead, make your bio about you, and keep it short, simple and friendly — it's a bonus if it's funny, but don't strain a muscle trying too hard. All we know about you is that you're picky and hard to please.
Make your bio about you! Keep it short, simple and friendly — it's a bonus if it's funny, but don't strain a muscle trying too hard. Funny, gently self-deprecating and informative without being too long: This is a great bio.
The Boost function can be a goldmine for accumulating matches: Of course, you have to pay for the privilege, and free users cannot dictate where in the queue their profiles appear. One is to use the Super Like function, which alerts a user that you really like them and brings you to the front of their queue free users get one Super Like per day.
That being said, constantly right-swiping to game the system is a bad idea: Swipe right only on women you genuinely hope to match with, so that when you see that coveted, "Congratulations! Tinder Plus Tinder has now introduced a " Tinder Plus " option: So, what's the point in getting Tinder Plus? Here are some of the touted benefits: Match Around the World One coveted benefit of Tinder Plus is the ability to match with users around the world , as opposed to just in your area — if you live in California but have an upcoming holiday in Paris, for example, you can start swiping in Paris and accumulating matches before you even arrive.
This means that if you accidentally swipe left on a user and instantly regret it because you're swiping too fast, perhaps , you can "rewind" the swipe, bringing that user back into view so that you can swipe right instead.
Hit the blue star instead of the green check mark — or simply do an upwards swipe — and you will show up near the beginning of this Tinder user's queue, and she will be able to see that you have Super Liked you. The Super Like helps you show a potential match that you are definitely interested in her, and it will guarantee that you are made visible to her, but it still won't ensure that she will swipe right on you sorry, but no Tinder feature can force a right swipe or guarantee a match!
Tinder Plus users get five Super Likes per day compared to the sole daily Super Like allotted to regular users. Boosts Tinder Plus users get one free "boost" a week, which means that Tinder will make you the top profile in your area for 30 minutes. Ordinary Tinder users can also pay for individual boosts which can be bought via the app at a rate that changes depending on how many boosts you buy. This is a way to potentially get more matches by making you much more visible to other users — but again, it's no guarantee, so spend wisely.
Turning Off Ads Tinder Plus users won't see ads. This is perhaps the least tempting of Tinder Plus' range of benefits as ads are a relatively minor annoyance for regular users, but it still doesn't hurt. So, is everything crystal clear? We won't blame you if all of the above sounds pretty confusing, as Tinder is becoming ever more complicated and laden with new features.
While you should be able to understand the basic mechanics of using the app now, there are still some common questions on people's minds when it comes to using Tinder: One question on the minds of many men is the permanence of the left swipe: The short answer is yes: However, there are two caveats. The first is that Tinder Plus users can rewind swipes, as mentioned above, so if you think you accidentally swiped left on your soulmate, you're going to need to shell out some cash for the ability to rewind.
Check Out AskMen's Official Tinder Review The second is that Tinder is still a bit buggy, and users have reported seeing left-swiped users popping back up into their queue. It's also possible to delete your account and start again with a fresh account, meaning that you will have a chance of seeing someone you swiped left on once again. However, these are not rock solid options, and there's no guaranteed way to revisit a left-swiped user unless you get Tinder Plus.
A Tinder user will not be notified or otherwise alerted if you swipe left on them, meaning that you don't need to feel too worried about hurting someone's feelings. Obviously, if she swipes right on you and you aren't a match, she will know that you haven't swiped right, but this could be for a variety of reasons: She won't know which is the case, so you can swipe left honestly on Tinder.
The only way that you can tell for sure if someone has swiped right on you is to swipe right on them and see if you become a match. However, we'll let you in on a secret: People who've already swiped right on you are likely to show up near the beginning of your queue, so it could be worth paying careful attention to them as you are likelier to be a match.
There is no set answer for how long it takes to get matches on Tinder — in fact, there's no rock solid guarantee you will get matches at all. However, if you have a strong profile and sound swiping strategy, you should theoretically be getting matches as soon as you start swiping for a few minutes. How Long Do Matches Stay? Tinder matches and any associated messages will remain until either you or your match deletes their Tinder account.
Tinder users also have the option of "unmatching" users, which means that even if you become a match, either one of you can change your mind and unmatch the other. Otherwise, Tinder matches hang around until you decide to finally strike up a conversation, unlike other apps such as Bumble. If you have been using Tinder for a while and still don't have any matches, you'll need to reevaluate your profile. Check out the profile section above, and perhaps even ask a female friend or two if they could help you make your profile more attractive to women.
It's perfectly possible to see someone you know appearing on your queue on Tinder. If one of your friends or coworkers lives in your area and happens to be on Tinder with the same age and gender parameters as you, they may well appear in your queue, and vice versa. Some people find the prospect of being seen on Tinder slightly embarrassing, but there's really no reason to: So if you see someone you know, you could right-swipe and have a laugh about it if you match, or else swipe left and forget about it.
Constantly right-swiping to game the system is a bad idea: You're not at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and women aren't morsels to consume. Swiping right indiscriminately just means you'll match with women you may not be interested in, which is annoying for them and you, wasting their time and clogging up your messages.
Swipe right only on women you genuinely hope to match with so that when you see that coveted, "Congratulations! You've matched with that babe with cute photos and a witty bio, and now you're in the enviable position of being able to talk to her directly.
You can make or break the match depending on your approach, and a lazy or creepy opener might even mean that she unmatches you, blocking you from any further contact. A disappointing number of male Tinder users think it's appropriate to start a conversation with lewd innuendo and overtly sexual "compliments" right off the bat, such as the below gentlemen: Don't start a conversation like this.
Not every woman is on Tinder looking for casual sex, but even the ladies who are keen on a no-strings hookup are unlikely to be swept off their feet by a rude and juvenile approach. Make your approach flirty and friendly, and definitely avoid the negging strategy advocated by so-called pickup artists: Be positive, complimentary and charismatic instead. If you find yourself pleading into a void, it's time to move on. Another thing to bear in mind when talking to your Tinder matches is that defensive, passive aggressive opening lines are fairly common, but rarely ever work: Don't dump your frustrations with other women onto your poor, unsuspecting Tinder match!
Being kind and showing enough genuine interest to keep the conversation rolling is a winning strategy and should help to convert your matches into IRL dates 5. Apart from that, Tinder dates work like any other: However, it's not out-of-place to ask for a date within a day or two of chatting — or even an hour or two if things are going brilliantly.
If you're really hitting it off and you've had a great conversation, it's fine to say something like, "You seem really cool! You really just have to try your luck by asking. Where Should We Meet? You are much more likely to convince a woman to meet with you IRL if you suggest meeting at a cafe or bar rather than at your house or hotel room.
Even women who are interested in using Tinder for casual sex are unlikely to want to come straight to your bedroom, for a variety of reasons including her own safety. Remember, you two are essentially still strangers even if you've had a lively conversation on Tinder, so take things slowly and be sensible.
In short, meet in public. For fairly obvious reasons, it's impossible to know with any certainty how many people are actually meeting up with their Tinder matches. But rest assured that it's happening: