How does dating work
Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?
"There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.
Tinder will apparently add in some non-matches while you swipe, so you don’t get a very obvious string of instant matches within the first minute. And not just because (obviously) you’re able to swipe on more people.
As far as we can tell, if you don’t open the app for ages, your profile is less likely to be shown.
But loads of tech experts on the internet have analysed how the app works to figure out the mechanisms behind it, sharing the most likely algorithms behind our matches and explaining why Tinder functions the way it does. After you swipe through the super-fit people, you’ll then be shown loads of profiles who’ve already swiped right on you, and are eagerly awaiting your swipes.
As this Quora thread explains, the first profiles we see when we open Tinder are not random or in order of proximity. Alex Mark theorises that the first ten to fifteen cards you see are profiles who haven’t necessarily swiped right on you, but people that have been sorted into the ‘more attractive’ bracket of the site. So that Tinder can convince you that there are LOADS of fit people on the app. That’s why you get more instant matches when you first re-open the app. For the other person it could have been DAYS since they swiped right.