THE dating app Tinder now has millions of users looking for love and has helped thousands of people find their perfect partner.
So, if you’re looking for love how does it work and how can users stay safe? Here’s what you need to know…
Users can only message potential suitors who have ‘liked’ them back
What is Tinder?
Tinder is a free app available on both iOS and Android that allows users to view potential suitors within a pre-determined radius and age bracket – ranging from 18 upwards.
Daters can swipe right to “like” a profile and left to reject it.
Two people who have “liked” each other’s profiles are deemed a match, and can beginning messaging via the app.
The app includes the option to unmatch and delete other users, and report people who may have been offensive.
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Users must be aged over 18 and have a Facebook account to join Tinder.
The app has now integrated optional Instagram and Spotify features which display images and songs from a particular person’s profile.
Research has revealed that there are 50 million active users on Tinder who check their accounts 11 times per day and spend an average of 90 minutes per day on the app, reported Marie Claire.
The app is now available in 196 countries around the world, and it is estimated to make up to hundreds of matches every second.
How does it work?
Alamy Tinder remains one of the most popular dating apps
When signing up, you give personal information such as your name and age – this is the bare minimum.
You then upload photos and choose your favourite to be your main image.
You can write a little about yourself or leave it blank – this is where people get creative.
After selecting what gender you’re interested in and an age and distance range, you’re ready to swipe.
Clicking on someone’s picture will bring up their full profile, and Tinder has added new features such as ‘superlikes’, although the number of free like swipes is limited per day.
If someone superlikes you, you will get a notification even if you have never seen their profile, and you can choose to respond.
For others, if you’ve liked a person or they’ve liked you, once the other party presses like as well you get a match.
You will both be notified and then it’s up to one of you to make the first move.
What is Swipebuster and how can it expose cheats?
A website Swipebuster claims it will help people see if their other half has a Tinder profile.
If you pay the site a fiver with your credit card or on PayPal, it will search the depths of the popular app for a specific name, age and location.
The Sun Online tried it out for authenticity – but it only appeared to work in some cases.
Tinder has reassured its large userbase that only their public information is available on Swipebuster.
YouTube/ Kaylee Kapital Kaylee’s third outing with her creepy Tinder date led her to the morgue
Tales from Tinder
Canadian Kaylee Kapital revealed her Tinder date took her to the hospital where he worked – and even showed her a dead body for kicks.
She said: “That was the weirdest fricking date ever.”
Sun girl Tinderella recently revealed her worst date ever – when her companion asked if she had slipped a rape drug in his drink.
Another singleton was left severely injured on her first date with a boy racer who crashed his BMW.
One woman launched into a foul-mouthed rant at a “ginger midget” when he cancelled their date.
In a much happier tale, Ohio students Josh Avsec and Michelle Aendas who matched back in September 2014 are being sent on a dream date to Hawaii.
They became an internet sensation after it emerged they were messaging for three years without meeting, deliberately taking ages to reply.
Twitter Josh Avsec matched with Michelle Arendas on the dating app in September 2014
How can I stay safe?
In 2016, there was a record number of offences related to dating apps – with 50 sex crimes involving Tinder and Grindr being reported to Scotland Yard in the six months to June.
These are sex and relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr‘s top tips for staying safe while dating online…
If someone sounds too good to be true, they probably are It’s easy to check people out online and discover if they are really who they say they are Once you get their name, a simple Google search can help you check everything – from where they claim to work, to their social media profiles Take things slowly and, if you decide to meet up, suggest bringing a friend along for safety. If they are strongly against the idea, question their motives If you would rather go alone, meet somewhere public, like a pub or cafe, and try to make it during the day if possible Singletons reveal their crazy reasons for not going on a second date