Side Note

The Tinder struggle, visualized

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on how Tinder is not actually for meeting anyone. Thousands of swipes filter down to tens of matches filter down to actual dates, and I estimated that it took about 3000 swipes to get a live person in a seat next to me. A user on Reddit has posted a user flow graphic of their experience with Tinder matches over the course of 28 days, and though our numbers are the same orders of magnitude, they are doing much better than I am.

U/keongmanja begins with 53 matches. Of the 53, they shepherd a full 38 to Whatsapp messaging, but then a full 19 of those 38 "don’t know when they will be free" (what?). Four decide they are too far away, and four are not actually in town. Of those remaining, nine actually agree to a date; two cancel, three stand them up (brutal), and four whole people actually show up to the agreed-upon location at the agreed-upon time. This bests my estimated yield of one scheduled date per 50 matches by 4x; The Outline has placed a direct message to u/keongmanja to ask how their game is so fire, and we will update this space if we hear back.

The Future

the math of tinder

Wasn't this supposed to make things easier?
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