By turning on your location services, the app shows you people you've "crossed paths with," within one city-block.
Then, like Tinder, you can "like" someone which opens up the option to chat.
While that may create a culture that's never satisfied, it nevertheless has its benefits: Namely, you're never out of options.
The magnetic pull of dating app addiction seems to have sucked unsuspecting Millennials in faster than you can say "let's hook up." When you live in a huge metropolitan area like LA, Chicago, or NYC, it might seem that, despite being surrounded by people, it's impossible to actually meet someone that you could see yourself dating.
Enter: the vast array of online dating options, including Tinder, which might be one of the best dating apps and is definitely the most popular.
The lack of endless matches is both a positive and a negative — it's not as overwhelming as Tinder, but there's also not the possibility for limitless hours of swiping entertainment.
However, you can earn or purchase "coffee beans" that you can use to unlock more matches if you so desire.
If the lady doesn't start a convo with a match within 24 hours, the chat disappears forever, providing an incentive to actually make connections with people rather than just playing the "who'll make the first move" waiting game.
While it's true (and great) that many women may already feel empowered enough to send the first message, Bumble is a fun Tinder alternative for girls who are on the shy side.
Hinge provides only a "select list" of matches rather than an endless amount, so the number of potential baes is more of a gentle stream than a roaring waterfall.
Once you've run out of second- and third-degree connections, the app makes more "tangential" connections, still trying to find you people based on your social networks.
If I'm feeling particularly salty about the IRL pool of suitors, I'm comforted by the fact that I could swipe through Tinder until my fingers bleed and still not run out of potential friends/lovers/boyfs.
(If you live in a less populated city, this may not hold true, but it still beats hanging out at the same dive bar hoping a sexy stranger will sweep you off your feet, right?
It has a Tinder-like feature called "Quickmatch" where you can swipe through people nearby — if you both "liked" each other, it lets you know (although you can chat with them either way, unlike on Tinder).