- Tinder Matchmaker allows your friends and family to suggest potential partners
- Luckily, they can’t chat or send messages on your behalf
It’s a parenting question every single person dreads: Are you dating anyone right now?
However, thanks to Tinder’s latest feature, the days of ignoring her questioning could be a thing of the past.
The dating app has launched Tinder Matchmaker, which allows your friends and family to view potential partners and suggest suggestions to you.
“For years, singles have asked their friends for help finding their next partner on Tinder,” said Melissa Hobley, chief marketing officer at Tinder.
“Tinder Matchmaker brings your circle of trust into your dating journey, helping you see the opportunities you may be overlooking from the perspective of those closest to you.”
Tinder has launched Tinder Matchmaker, which allows your friends and family to view and suggest potential matches for you
Many Tinder users already use the “friend test” to assess potential dates by allowing their friends to swipe right or left on profiles.
With Tinder Matchmaker, this test is basically integrated into the app.
A Tinder Matchmaker session can be started directly from a profile card or in the app’s settings.
Whether you have Tinder yourself or not, you can share your unique link with up to 15 friends or family members within 24 hours.
After the “matchmaker” follows the link, they can either log in to Tinder or continue as a guest.
If they access the link as a guest, they will be asked to complete age verification and agree to Tinder’s Terms and Conditions.
Matchmakers have 24 hours to browse the profiles or potential dates. Swipe right if they would recommend or left if they think it’s not a match (stock image).
Matchmakers have 24 hours to browse the profiles or potential dates. They can swipe right if they want to recommend them or swipe left if they think it’s not a match.
Luckily, they can’t chat or send messages on your behalf (so you don’t have to worry about any dad jokes leaking out!).
Once the 24 hours are up, Tinder users can check out the profiles their matchmakers have liked for them.
While the user still has the final say in who they like, they now know who their friends and family are rooting for.
Tinder Matchmaker is now available in the UK, US and other countries. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
It will roll out to Tinder users worldwide in the coming months.
How did online dating become so popular?
The first incarnation of a dating app can be traced back to 1995 when Match.com was first launched.
The site allowed individuals to upload a profile and picture and chat with others online.
The app should allow people who are looking for a long-term relationship to get to know each other.
eHarmony was developed in 2000 and two years later, Ashley Madison, an infidelity and cheating website, debuted.
Over the next 10 to 15 years, a variety of other dating sites were created with a unique target audience, including: OKCupid (2004), Plenty of Fish (2006), Grindr (2009), and Happn (2013).
In 2012, Tinder was launched and was the first swipe-based dating platform.
After the initial launch, usage skyrocketed and by March 2014 there were one billion games played per day worldwide.
In 2014, Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd launched Bumble, a dating app that empowered women by only allowing women to send the first message.
The popularity of mobile dating apps such as Tinder, Badoo and more recently Bumble is due to a growing number of younger users with busy schedules.
In the 1990s, online dating carried a stigma as it was seen as a last-ditch attempt to find love.
This belief has evaporated and now around a third of marriages are between couples who met online.
A 2014 survey found that 84 percent of dating app users used online dating services to look for a romantic relationship.
24 percent said they used online dating apps explicitly for sexual encounters.