“Yes, she is on Tinder,”…“Haha, he does not get any likes,”… this one’s girlfriend is on Tinder and he has swiped her left.” Denials flow thick and fast around the table and mock fights erupt amid a lot of giggles and bantering.
This circle of friends at an upmarket nightclub in the heart of IT city, Bengaluru, is surely not one of a kind.
They thought that the days where they had to spend hours on matrimonial sites to find a perfect match for their sons and daughters were gone. How can they defy tradition without using hookup apps on which they explore, express, experiment and live the scandalous vagaries of youth? There are many other avenues for India’s singl-ish, young-ish and skittish to socialise, fraternitise, sexualize and even franchise.
Matrimonial and matchmaking sites are now giving way to dating apps such as Hinge, Truly Madly, Thrill, Woo, Desicrush, Ok Cupid, and Aisle.
She hadn’t swiped or selected a single person, so these messages were not even from people she was interested in. Apparently, unlike most other sites, Ok Cupid allows anyone to send and receive messages without as much as pairing them as a match.
In a matter of an hour her email inbox and app were flooded with one hundred new messages! My friend said that just by downloading this app she felt like she’d let herself lose into a pack of hounds.
At a cursory glance the messages were neither original nor engaging. On top of that, the app doesn’t give you a person’s real name, their location, their job, or the mutual friends list.
Using Facebook, Hinge sends you a selection of friends-of-friends every day at noon.
A simple profile photo followed by age, job and education information are all users have to go off of when they rate the potential connection on a scale of one to five.