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12 people explain their dating app allegiances

In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. Just in time for cuffing season.


On dating apps, people’s intentions and objectives vary wildly, which is partially why they’re a breeding ground for disappointment. But sometimes — and yes, this has happened — someone uses a dating app and thinks, “Wow, that was not so bad.”

We asked 12 people to explain why they love (or at least tolerate) their favorite dating app. Spoiler: Despite the corny questions, a surprising number of people love Hinge. The interviews below have been edited and condensed for clarity. Read more…

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The swipe is about as casual a gesture as it gets. 

On Tinder, Bumble and every copycat dating app, choices are made in the blink of an eye. You’re not  making definitive decisions about this stream full of faces; it’s more a question “could this person be hot if we match, if they have something interesting to say, if they’re not a creep and we’re a few drinks in?” 

You feel so far removed from the process of dating at this stage, let alone a relationship, that swiping is simply a game. (Indeed, the makers of the mobile medieval royalty RPG Reigns intended its simple left-right controls as a Tinder homage.) You’re like Matthew Broderick at the start of the 1983 movie War Games — enamored with technology’s possibilities, gleefully playing around.  Read more…

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The rise of the Tinder-themed wedding

In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. It is cuffing season after all.


The Tinder catchphrase “It’s a Match!” has always contained a semi-ironic nod to the decidedly old-school roots of matchmaking. But the phrase that launched a thousand hookups takes on an even schmaltzier meaning when an initial swipe right turns into marriage. 

Far from ashamed, couples who meet each other on dating apps are now paying a grateful — if tongue-in-cheek — homage to how it all began.

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