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What is Tinder?

Tinder a social networking and dating app which allows users to browse through a collection of other users in their area. In practice, Tinder is generally used as a dating platform. However, as the site has become more popular, the app is now used for a variety of different things.

When creating a Tinder account, users are asked to either log in using their Facebook account or a phone number. By doing so with your Facebook account, you’re allowing Tinder access to information stored on your profile such as your date of birth, name and photos you have uploaded. This is to make the signing up process quicker by adding information you would otherwise have to fill in manually. Alternatively, you can sign up using the instructions to use your phone number with the new account.

Once users have created their account, they can edit any information on their profile by changing or adding photos, changing their ‘Bio’ (a short description written by yourself about your likes and interests) and adding an ‘Anthem’ (a song you’ve chosen that is your favorite or you feel represents you.) By default, profiles display your first name, age and distance away from the person viewing your profile. It is also optional to import your interests from Facebook so they can also be viewed.

When you are browsing through other users on Tinder, you can adjust your preferences to filter results. You can choose to search for men, women or both genders as well as setting upper and lower age brackets and adjusting your radius so you only ‘Match’ with people within the chosen radius from your location.
As each profile is displayed, you can either ‘Like’ the profile by selecting the heart icon or physically swiping right. You can also ‘Pass’ on a profile by selecting the ‘x’ symbol or physically swiping left. If you choose to like another person, you will show up in their results, however they will not know whether you have actually liked them until they swipe on you. If you choose to pass on the user by swiping left, you will not be matched with them, even if they have liked you. If you and another user have liked one another, a notification will appear on your screen or within the app making you aware that you are now able to talk using the chatting function within the app.

Tinder is an app, downloadable on iOS and Android devices as well as a website, accessible through the use of a web browser.

Age restrictions on Tinder

Users of Tinder have to be at least 18 years of age but it is not uncommon for younger users to create profiles.

How to block someone on Tinder

Although you are unable to block users within Tinder, you are able to ‘Unmatch’ account holders. When you unmatch someone, they will be unable to contact you or see your profile unless you match again in the future.

  1. To unmatch a user, go to your chat with the user.
  2. Once you are on the chat, locate and select the small, red flag in the top right corner of the chat.
  3. Once selected, a menu should pop up in the bottom of the screen. Find the ‘Unmatch’ button and choose it.
  4. When you have chosen the ‘Unmatch’ button, a pop-up menu will appear on your screen asking you to select a reason why you are unmatching the user. Select the reason you believe is most accurate.
  5. Once you have chosen your reason, the unmatching should be effective immediately. The other user will not receive any notification that you have unmatched them.

How to report someone on Tinder

  1. To report a user, go to your chat with the user in question.
  2. Once you are on the chat, locate and select the small, red flag in the top right corner of the chat.
  3. Once selected, a menu will pop up at the bottom of the screen. Find and choose the ‘Report (user name)’ button.
  4. When you have chosen the ‘Report’ button, a pop-up menu will appear on the screen in which it will ask you for the reason you wish to report the user. Select the reason that most closely identifies with the reason you are choosing to report the account holder.
  5. Once you have selected your reason, select ‘Submit’. When you have submitted the report, it will be sent to Tinder for review. If Tinder finds the user to be breaching the app’s terms of use, they will take the appropriate course of action.

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