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This has truly been the year of the dating app. Tinder has grown astronomically over the past year, with a user base that now stands at over 50 million.
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App-mania is not just affecting English-speaking countries. A dating app for gay men in China, Blued, has been making headlines recently since it passed 15 million userseven more than its US counterpart, Grindr, and it is now being used as a tool by the Chinese government to spread awareness of HIV. This is a new trend. Five years ago — or even fewer — meeting a date online was seen as something only lonely, desperate people do. It took a tipping point before the cynics changed their minds, when enough people were using these apps that they became normalised.
A dating app has become a fashionable thing to have, like a deer bag, or a startup in Shoreditch. And as with all cool, desirable things entrepreneurs began rushing to fill the demand for on-demand dates. The result was a wave of dating apps. Tinderthe app in which you swipe left or right depending on your preference, played a big part in changing the zeitgeist.
Launched init took until the summer of for the app to get the attention that would turn it into definitively the most popular dating app, with over 50 million users. The app shows users a picture of the person, with the option of seeing more personal details if they choose to. More usually, it is a game of batting your fingers left and right on a rapid succession of faces.
In the past, dating websites spent years crafting algorithms, asking their users to fill in lengthy questionnaires, in order to match people up based on interests and personality types. The only matching criterion Tinder has is distance from the user, which in a city as large as London is quite a useful feature. The most important thing Tinder could do for online dating was to be popular.
They are also more focused. Wingman, which is in beta, will allow users to hook up during those endless long-haul flights. : Download of the Week: Loveflutter. Our app first shows people in blurred out portraits, with a character blurb in front of it. They can hold down if they want to see it unblurred. Do any of these apps actually work?
Some features have also been controversial. Geolocation for example, which is used in a of apps and notably Tinder, has attracted a lot of controversy. In February this year, it was discovered Tinder could be hacked to show precise location information about its users.
Grindr, an app for gay men which also shows detailed location information, has been used by Egyptian police and Russian thugs to persecute gay men in their respective countries. That these humanitarian crimes were caused by something as innocuous as a dating app has only reinforced any existing negative perceptions. None of this, however, will hinder the popularity of these apps. The majority of people are now more likely to open an app on their phone than approach someone in a bar. You can blame — or thank? Jack Flanagan.
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