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“We didn't have to hide those facets of ourselves, and that made it easier—at least for me—to feel good about just getting to know him and figure out that we had a genuine connection.” Hinge may seem like it plays second-fiddle to the likes of Tinder, but it has a pretty elite user base (99 percent of its daters went to college, for example).Hinge’s CEO compared his app to Facebook, versus Tinder’s Myspace—sometimes for interface reasons (Hinge is aimed at the college-educated set) and sometimes for class reasons (much has been written on the ways dating app algorithms may favor white people).“None of the men seemed cute enough, and a lot of them were exactly as gross and Air-Drop-a-dick-pic-slimy as the stereotypes go,” she explains.Sick of typical dating but still wanting to take the guesswork out of meeting people, she started to feel like she had to settle.
"It’s not bad, it’s not embarrassing, it’s just not cool: We met on a dating app, like all of you.And because, as we've established, the dating rigamarole kind of sucks in general, that means a lot of people have opinions about it.But you have to hand it to Tinder, they really did change the game (for better or worse).They provide a way to meet people on a user’s own schedule, which potentially democratizes the whole dating process. Carrie Bradshaw was clearly a con artist.) To look at it from a distance, the future of dating is easy and great! If dating apps are supposed to take the headache out of trying to meet someone, it's not a good sign that so many daters consider them a necessary evil at best and just plain evil at worst.Iliza Shlesinger, in her new Netflix special, , has a bit about online dating.We met on a dating app and it’s less a product of my creativity and more a product of my generation.I’m a millennial and that’s how we meet each other.” (The special is funny and you should watch it.)Statistically speaking, there’s plenty of evidence that dating apps work—especially for those among us whose endgame is meeting a long-term partner.There are stats that say marriages among people who met on an app are less likely to end after the first year, and despite a big cultural annoyance about the process, the vast majority of Americans think that, ultimately, apps a good way to meet people.Even anecdotally, a lot of the people I spoke to for this piece—all of whom self-identified as dating app haters—nevertheless met their long-term partner on an app.The truth is, no app embodies the “necessary evil” aspect of swiping the way Tinder does.And it’s not even Tinder’s fault: As a pioneer of the current dating app format, Tinder’s utter ubiquity means everyone has an opinion about it.