More and more people in their 50s and 60s are joining Tinder, a mobile dating app that matches singles who like each other’s photos. Tinder’s unique interface allows you to quickly swipe through potential dates at a fast pace.
“Tinder is popular because unlike most mature online dating sites, you’re not required to answer a string of questions or assess your relationship needs,” said Gina Stewart , Match.com relationship expert and author of “Date Like A Grown Up: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Being One!”
But there are some things mature singles should know about Tinder before diving into the new mobile world of dating. Here are my top tips for using Tinder over 50:
1) Get Your Profile Readable
Users on Tinder don’t have a whole lot of space to share their life story. Tinder profiles consist of a few photos and a short blurb about yourself. Why is this good news for senior Tinder users? It means you don’t have to be concerned about all the details of your life (like past marriages, children, alimony payments or job history). Here are some Tinder profile basics:
Keep it simple – One photo and three sentences should do it.
Your first photo should be one that’s flattering but also gives people an idea who you are (and what you like to do) – include pets too!
Don’t reference previous Tinder dates, ex-boyfriends or anything that might scare a Tinder match away.
Keep the blurb about yourself to about three sentences – Tinder is all about giving people a taste of what you’re all about, not getting into the full meal deal at this point.
2) Tinder for Over 50
Tinder works best as a companion app to more robust dating sites like Match or eHarmony where you can receive compatibility information and create a detailed profile that goes beyond your first Tinder photo and blurb. Tinder isn’t going to provide you with anything but location and mutual interests, so if you want some deeper insight on who’s swiping right on your Tinder, keep reading below!
3) Tinder Etiquette
Once you’ve found someone whose Tinder profile piques your interest, the dating app allows you to anonymously flip through photos and see what mutual Tinder “matches” you have. Tinder doesn’t allow direct communication between users unless they’ve both swiped right on each other’s Tinder profile.
This means that if a Tinder user is at all interested, he or she needs to swipe right on your Tinder profile before you can communicate with them. If your Tinder match hasn’t swiped right yet, don’t hold it against them – they may not be a frequent user or someone who has recently reset their account to browse for free for a few minutes. Don’t wait around too long though!
4) Keep Your Tinder Private
As with any online dating site, avoid your name and personal information in your Tinder profile. Tinder has no internal security system, so theoretically anyone can click on your Tinder profile and see who you are, where you live, what school you went to or work at – nothing’s off limits!
5) Tinder for Seniors
Tinder is the perfect app if you’re looking for laid back dates that don’t require you to wine and dine someone before finding out if there is any chemistry between you two. Tinder is fun because it requires less commitment than traditional online dating sites while still allowing users to meet someone new. You can always start free and upgrade to a premium account later. Check out Tinder over 50 today!