What Is Tinder And How Do I Use It To Find A Relationship?

By Michael Arangua

Updated December 12, 2018

Reviewer Lisa Cooper

Tinder is one of the most well-known and widely-used dating platforms that are currently on the market. However, like many of the other dating platforms that are currently available, there are no instructions that tell you how to get the most of platform itself. If you are new to Tinder or if you are interested in using it to find a partner, here is what Tinder is and how you can use it to find a relationship.

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What Is Tinder?

Tinder is a location-based dating app that was released late in 2012. Using the app, individuals can find potential matches in the area, select those that they like the most and pass on people who don't catch their attention and chat with the people who are also interested in them. The app is simple to use and has a web-based application for users who do not have a mobile device

Tinder Features

  • Upon opening the app, the front page will display users in your area depending on your sexual orientation and distance limits. This amount will increase, decrease, and change, as you go through these users and as new users, arrive in your area.
  • If you find someone that you might be interested in, you can click on the profile picture and scroll down to read their profile and learn more about them.
  • If you like someone, you can swipe right or press the green check button.
  • If you aren't interested in someone, you can swipe left or press the red x button.
  • If you are very interested in someone, you can press the blue heart in the middle.

Tinder Dating Tips To Attract More Potential Partners

There are some common formulas used by users across all dating sites and applications that help them land more dates and lead them to success in their dating lives. Here are some of the most common tips.

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  1. Leave A Good Impression With A Great Profile Picture

We all know the profile pictures that often leave people with a feeling of dread and disgust. For example, shirtless profile pictures, fuzzy profile pictures, and pictures in which no one can tell which person you are within a larger group of people fall into this category. Leave a good impression with the other users on the app by taking a clear, semi-professional profile picture that gives them an idea of who you are. Make sure to smile!

  1. Follow Up Your Main Profile Picture With Others Of Equal Value

Tinder gives you the opportunity to fill your profile with more than one profile picture, and you must seize this opportunity to improve your chances of landing a date. In fact, it is recommended that you use these additional photos to show off some of your favorite hobbies. If you like playing frisbee on the beach, capture a clear picture that shows you doing exactly that. Photos in which people can learn more about you helps to build a better connection.

  1. Write A Brilliant Bio Section (Short, Sweet, And Polite)

The bio section of any dating profile is probably the most important section of your profile. Through your bio section, people learn more about who you are, what you like to do, and what type of person you are looking for. People don't want to read an entire autobiography when they click on your profile picture. They want to know a little about who you are as an individual and what you are looking for if they choose to date you. Use common sense when you are crafting this portion of your profile and avoid being too negative, direct, or desperate.

  1. Be Realistic In Both Your Photos And Your Description

There is nothing more disappointing than reading a profile or seeing a picture that is amazing and then meeting someone in real life and finding out that they are not quite who you expected them to be. Yes, you should focus on some of your best traits, and you should always try to impress a person whom you might be dating shortly. However, you should never mislead someone else through fake or deceptive profile pictures and descriptions. That is the quickest way to end a potential relationship.

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  1. Include Job Information And Any Other Information That Will Improve Your Status

Although people should not be judging you solely on your profession, education, or status in society, it certainly helps to add this type of information in your profile. Make sure to include your current job, any college education that you have received, and any other information that says, "Hey, I am a mature adult who has worked very hard to get to where I am in my life." This type of information will impress people who are interested in you and will encourage them to swipe right!

No matter how much effort you spend building a Tinder profile, it all comes down to chemistry and connectivity. You can have the most dates out of anyone on the platform, but there is no guarantee that these dates will lead to something evergreen. Keep your hopes up and do your best to build relationships while using the platform!

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