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Around one in four relationships start online now, and among the millennial generation, the number is likely to be even higher. But as our smartphones become increasingly powerful, fewer of us are dating from behind our desktops, rather turning to the digital devices in our pockets. Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. If you wear glasses or are into people who do, try Spex , for example. Have a particular passion for men with beards? For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.
First released in , Tinder has since become a staple of pop culture with its addictive gestures, which let users swipe left to dislike and right to like a potential match. Only when both parties swipe right on each other, the two are matched and can chat and possibly even make plans how to meet in person. To use Tinder, you must sign up with your Facebook account, and you can then optionally link your Instagram and Spotify account to provide other Tinder users with more information about you, or you can write a short bio yourself. In August , Tinder introduced a new premium subscription feature called Tinder Gold, which allows the users to see who has already swiped right on them before.
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