The hookup app that went mainstream
In this round of dating app battles, our 2 contestants are Match and Tinder. Match may be known as the superior online dating service for people seeking serious, long-term relationships, but there aren’t thousands of posts logged under the Instagram #tinderwedding hashtag for nothing. So which online dating app will win this duel? Let’s explore these 2 popular options below.
The hookup app that went mainstream
The signup process is way faster for Tinder than it is for Match. Match immediately asks you what type of relationship you’re looking for as well as your age, location, and a ton of other questions about your ethnicity, appearance, and what you’re looking for in your perfect partner.
Signing up for Tinder is super easy and can be done in just a few taps by logging in with your Facebook account or punching in your phone number. Once you’re all signed up, you know the deal: you swipe right to show interest in somebody or you swipe left to skip them and check out the next person’s profile.
Whereas the people who use Match are mainly looking for their “Mr. or Mrs. Right,” most of the people on Tinder are looking for their “Mr. or Mrs. Right Now.” That’s not to say that you won’t be able to find a hookup on Match or a spouse on Tinder, though. You can definitely find both of those people on either platform.
Based on my experience using these 2 apps, I can confirm that the rumors are true in that more people are looking for a hookup on Tinder than they are on Match. People who sign up for Match are far more serious about finding love or a longer relationship than just a few days or a night.
Your odds of meeting somebody who wants more than a one night stand or a friends-with-benefits on Tinder who isn’t going to ghost you after a week are basically a crapshoot. You literally never know who you’re going to find there and what they want from you. There are also some pretty rude people who use the app who have no idea how to hold an interesting conversation or even reply to a first message. Your chances of finding somebody who wants a real connection are much higher if you use Match.
Both services let you add a personal bio and photos, as well as the ability to list your job title, company, school, location and height etc.
On Tinder, you can add up to 9 photos on your profile and enable the Smart Photos feature to test out which pictures perform the best. The developers of the app know what they’re doing because the app is actually very high-tech — I’ve had success using that Smart Photos feature!
I also love Tinder’s advanced profile settings where you can decide whether or not to disclose certain information. For example, I might want to show the most recent photos in my Instagram feed but I don’t care to share who my top Spotify artists are. No problem! A quick toggle of a bar hides whatever details I want to be hidden.
Match is a great dating site if you’re looking to meet someone of the same sex — all you have to do is pick which gender you are interested in dating upon signup. But Tinder is one of the only LGBT+ dating apps where you can designate your sexuality and even showcase it on your profile, which is HUGE. Are you demisexual, pansexual, or questioning? Cool! Rock it on Tinder so anyone and everyone (or no one) can see, and find those potential partners who match your preference.
In addition to the basic dating app features that both apps provide, Tinder Plus offers a ton of other awesome features, like read receipts, unlimited right swipes, profile boosts, the ability to control who sees you and who YOU see, and hide ads.
Not getting lucky in your area? No need to hop on a plane — just get a Tinder Passport to start swiping on people who live anywhere in the world, which is great for someone like me who doesn’t have the money to travel from NY to find love in LA.
A full Match membership unlocks similar features as well as other cool ones, like selective visibility, email read notifications, private mode, super likes, and seeing who’s viewed your profile. Match also hosts fun local events for singles to meet up in their area, which is something that Tinder lacks.
Tinder offers a “Feed” under the Matches section of the app where previous matches can upload photos and other updates. Match beats Tinder with activity status, though, which is a feature that lets you see how active a potential match is on the dating service depending on the different colored dots that show up.
Both apps offer free trial versions for folks looking to test them out before going all in on the monthly commitment, or you can just take advantage of the basic features. I’ve had luck using the free version of Tinder, but not so much with Match. There’s really no need to even upgrade a Tinder membership since you get all of the important perks right away for free.
The cost of a full subscription to Match can get pretty expensive, ranging from $16.99 a month for 1 year, up to $40 per month for 3 months or one full month for just over $60. Becoming a fully subscribed member is worth it though if you want to access the premium features like events, boosts, and seeing who visited your profile, as mentioned above.
Tinder Plus is less expensive than Match, with pricing starting at $10 per month and hiking up to $20 per month. Something weird that I don’t like about Tinder’s pricing is that it’s more expensive for people over the age of 31. Why? This doesn’t really seem fair, since everyone is going to be using the platform in the same way no matter how young or old they are.
OVERALL WINNER: Match