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If the two users both swiped right, they can start chatting. On the face of it, Tinder is a general-purpose social platform and makes no explicit mention of serving as a dating app.
But around the world, the massively popular application processes nearly 1.6 billion swipes and over 26 million matches every single day, mostly by users looking for other users of the opposite gender.
“Abroad there is very little ambiguity about what the application is meant for,” he notes.“Most users are there to find a one-night stand.
But in Israel it is people looking for serious dating that set the tone on the app.”In fact, it is difficult to ignore the number of married couples around Israel who have met on Tinder.
Ronit (a pseudonym), 28 and from Jerusalem, was quick to initiate a chat on the application and seemed eager to exchange basic biographical information as quickly as possible, as if to gather enough data to decide whether the conversation should continue further.
Having passed her initial screening, this reporter, himself within the age range typical of Tinder users, moved forward with his own set of questions to discern what she was doing on Tinder in the first place.“I have a hard time meeting potential partners in my daily routine,” Ronit confesses.
You basically waste no time during your search – you chat only with those people with whom you already have physical attraction.
Then all you have left to do is find out if there is more depth to the person.”For others, meanwhile, physical attraction is really all that matters.
Brief chats with a wide variety of local users have helped this reporter form a better understanding not only of the way Israelis view the application, but also the dating game in general.“I didn’t want to waste time on Tinder talking to guys who are out looking for a fling,” reveals Sharon.“The purpose of JSwipe is far clearer to all its users and its culture is geared completely toward serious dating.”Danielle, 29, disagrees entirely.“I spend most of my working hours in the office, and as most of my social circle is now married, I have fewer and fewer opportunities to go out and meet guys.Tinder opens a window to hundreds of guys around Jerusalem who are also looking for a relationship, whom I probably would never have met otherwise.”Asked why it is Tinder in particular, rather than any of the dozens of online dating sites, that became her application of choice, Ronit points to its remarkable efficiency as a platform offering a virtually endless selection of potential partners, sifted through with a swipe of the finger.“It’s almost like looking over a buffet.