RELATED: 5 Dating Apps That Actually Work It takes about 10 seconds to understand Tinder's cleverness: a dating service designed to never explicitly feel like a dating service.After the initial download, you're forced to link Tinder to your Facebook account, with the thin assurance that your Facebook friends won't know you're using it – at least until they stumble across you on Tinder.She enters my life like the dozen women who came before her and the hundreds who will follow: in the palm of my hand, flickering on the touchscreen of my phone. Being nearly a decade older, I find her youth a bit distressing. Further stoking my curiosity is the knowledge that Michelle is three miles from here, which has the effect of making her seem more real than the catalog resembles, blurring the line between fantasy and reality, pixel and potential.But mainly what I'm drawn to in Michelle is her looks: brown hair blown straight, white jeans that seem to have found their way onto her slender frame via skin graft, a face punctuated by the sort of vaguely suggestive grin made culturally ubiquitous by the selfie.Verdict: Definitely helps you on your no strings sex quest, but be warned – the men we came across were of a lower quality than Blendr.One man’s profile picture was of a photo of his erect penis. Lowdown: Although Tinder promotes itself as a dating app, many people use it as a hook-up tool.
Should two people independently like each other, a "match" is made, prompting a private text-message box to open up, and leading to the fiery, 21st-century beginnings of... For all I know, Michelle, the first woman I've liked, has already gone and given me the nope.However, what’s actually going on underneath the pop-style commentary and tabloid tales of ‘cougars’ and their ‘cubs’?In search of clarity, we set out on a mission to look beyond the loaded monikers and dubious hype surrounding older woman/younger man relationships.Pictures of potential matches in your area appear on your screen and you like what you see, swipe right. If both parties swipe right, you’ll match and can start a convo. They’ve also introduced a new paid tier called Tinder Plus, where you’ll be able to undo a swipe left and super like to your heart’s content.Tinder Plus has also helped make holiday-goers dreams come true by introducing a new features called Tinder Passport, which allows you to swipe on people anywhere in the world. You’re likely to be invited out for a drink rather than just round for sex.