As a trailblazer of casual sex and being skint, I am allegedly the prime example of the demographic that is turning to the Tinder i Phone app.
If you believe the hype, a growing number of people like me are getting repetitive strain injury from swiping 'yes' to intimate invitations from relative strangers.
Tinder uses your existing social networking data from Facebook to locate people in the immediate vicinity, tell you a bit about them, whether you have any friends in common and (most importantly) show you a pic.
It has slimmed down the emotional, cognitive and financial investment required by the virtual dating process to one simple question: “Do I want to do you?
Here, we take the biggest alternatives to Tinder and give them a spin to find out what (if anything) they do different.
The USP: Gives you the chance to tell your friends (rather than strangers) that you want to sleep with them.
” What more modern way to make that most basic binary decision of whether you want to shag someone than a game of real-world "Hot or Not"?
Social media has made us expert first-daters, well-versed in smalltalk and over-sharing with strangers.
Although the company has initiated a doubling down on mobile, the experience of users like Riccardo might suggest another path to profitability. The almost decade-old Couchsurfing, which is available in 100,000 cities across the globe, is becoming the go-to hookup app for a certain class of young world travelers.Pros: There is a strange thrill in being able to 'swipe' that acquaintance you've always fancied, asking them for a date (up) or telling them you want to sleep with them (down). Cons: It pulls in every single woman who happens to be your friend on Facebook, even if they haven't joined Down yet (your cowardly come on will be waiting for them if they ever do), making it rather pointless.Verdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes.The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.Pros: Once you get over the slight stalker complex Happn instils on you by showing women who walked past your front door an hour ago, matching with users within a 250 meter radius is actually quite handy.Whether you love or loathe Tinder, there is no denying it has changed online dating forever.