“We didn't have to hide those facets of ourselves, and that made it easier—at least for me—to feel good about just getting to know him and figure out that we had a genuine connection.” Hinge may seem like it plays second-fiddle to the likes of Tinder, but it has a pretty elite user base (99 percent of its daters went to college, for example).Hinge’s CEO compared his app to Facebook, versus Tinder’s Myspace—sometimes for interface reasons (Hinge is aimed at the college-educated set) and sometimes for class reasons (much has been written on the ways dating app algorithms may favor white people).At the time of download, she was single and recovering from a bad breakup.She used Tinder and Bumble for regular dating, but hated the experience.
But you have to hand it to Tinder, they really did change the game (for better or worse).
Yet, where Tinder acts as a gateway app for some daters (from which they move onto apps more aligned with their specific desires), for others it remains the best of the bunch.
When Samantha Karjala started using apps to meet more people in her small Northeastern town, she was annoyed at what they implied.
“I don’t like to tell people how we met,” she says of her fiancé.
"It’s not bad, it’s not embarrassing, it’s just not cool: We met on a dating app, like all of you.