You create a simple profile with a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself, then throw yourself at the Internet's mercy. If you like one, swipe the photo to the right; otherwise, swipe to the left.If you both swipe right, you can send messages and set something up.No one ever said that finding the perfect mate was easy, but the Internet has put almost every single person in your locality at your fingertips.
All this is in addition to Ok Cupid's messaging tools, personality quizzes, Instagram integration and other old favorites.
A premium subscription adds other features, such as refined search tools and the ability to see users who have liked you.
Tinder (Android, i OS) blazed the trail, set by Grindr, toward a world of swipe and scroll dating apps.
On its face Tinder encourages you to make shallow, snap judgments about potential partners.
And, of course, because you know friends in common, you're both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.