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"We even matched two people in Antarctica."Unlike traditional dating sites, Tinder does not have profiles that tell you what a person likes to do, wants in a mate or information on height, weight, religion, children or political preferences.
(There is a small "about" section on Tinder which is optional.
But then one cold night in November, I met a Match date in a bar in Greenwich Village.
Fisher noted that technology is not changing love, just changing the way we court.
Fisher says the goal of online dating is to meet a person as soon as possible.
But as a person living in New York City, fewer is relative and Tinder is free.
And I liked the idea of not having to reading profiles; because after reading hundreds of online profiles you realize they are depressingly similar and yes, dare I say it, boring.
But with 87 million singles in the United States and nearly 40 million dating online, it seemed a good way to meet someone.
"No one is going to respond to someone who says they are a couch potato and likes to stay home."I was lucky. (I have friends who have been on dating sites for years.) I corresponded with 50 women and met 15 for drinks, which is recommended over meeting someone for dinner. Because if after 15 minutes you don't like the person you are stuck; and for men that means the bill as well.
I quickly learned that it's best not to go on Tinder too often because it can be addicting and exhausting. Who you see is based on where you are geographically as determined by your phone's GPS.
When I visited my mom in Florida and logged onto Tinder everyone on the site was in Florida.
Once there's interest based on physical attraction, then more substantial interaction and decision making can occur, but without that initial physical attraction it's difficult to move to that next stage. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and the Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com, agrees with Le.
"A photograph of a person with a tattoo could be a deal breaker for you.
Now that I am "single again," I wondered what was new in online dating in 2015.