Hinge is a smartphone dating app, available for i Phones/i Pads and Android devices, that's oriented toward relationships rather than hookups and tries to match you with people your friends know and can vouch for. When you sign up, you are presented with a list of fellow users according to criteria you specify (age, gender, physical proximity to you); if you like them and they like you back, you're matched and can message each other.
There are a lot of horrible people in the world, and OKCupid and can't do all that much to keep you from going to dinner with them.
Moreover, dating sites aimed at heterosexuals tend to feature a lot of male harassment of female users, sometimes to the point that women's inboxes become sufficiently clogged to render the service unusable.
The gender ratio is 50-50, according to Mc Grath, and 90 percent of users are between 23 and 36, making the Hinge user base noticeably older than Tinder's.
(An exact comparison isn't available, but 52 percent of Tinder users are between 18 and 24.) As of March 2014, the app had made 1 million matches; by August it was up to 3 million, and over 8 million by late October.
But Hinge's official blog is doing its damndest to try to close the gap, through stuff like its 30 Most Eligible in NYC list, which collects a group of the app's most socially connected and most frequently "liked" users in New York: The danger of most dating sites and apps is that you have basically no idea whom you're being matched up with and whether they're safe to meet in person.
Even now you'll hear concerns that your OKCupid date "could be a serial killer," which, while paranoid and hyperbolic, has a semblance of a point to it.Tinder — the massively popular smartphone app that has radically simplified the process of online dating — is becoming a household name. "The best analogy is My Space versus Facebook," Hinge founder and CEO Justin Mc Leod said on CNBC in February. For now, it's much less popular than Tinder, but dominant social networks have been dislodged before, and Hinge's focus on making connections through people you already know could win out.Those represent how many matches you have to choose from at that moment.But you can't scroll through them — you have to click the heart (to like them) or the X (to pass) on the profile at the top before you can move on."It's all friends of friends," Mc Leod said on CNBC."It's quite hard to use it for casual encounters." Hinge doesn't give user numbers, but spokeswoman Jean-Marie Mc Grath reports that 35,500 dates per week and 1,500 relationships happen because of the dating app.Compare this with Tinder's main screen: (Courtesy of Tinder) That's not too different from Hinge's main screen; the main contrasts are that Tinder shows you shared interests and Hinge shows you the user's employer and/or school, which is potentially more illuminating.But pulling up a profile (like this one, which Jimmy Fallon and the staff of (The Tonight Show) You get to see all their pictures, how close they are to you, how recently they logged in, and a short "about me" section.You can also pull up Ed W.'s profile for more info: (Courtesy of Hinge) You can see his height, his college and grad school, any friends you share, and a variety of self-descriptive tags that Hinge lets you choose from (including "country clubber," "bookworm," "joker," "smoker," and "midnight toker").You can also swipe through any photos he's uploaded; users also have the option of adding a short "about me" section.