Longtime reader Jenna recently approached me for coaching based on a post I wrote characterizing Tinder as an app that is bringing back traditional dating, at least for some of its users. Jenna, who’s in her mid-20s, wants to meet new people but isn’t interested in traditional online dating.
Among her friends, there’s considerable buzz around Tinder, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. Each of these sites pulls data in from your Facebook account and shows any connections within your social circle. As a result, the demographics skew quite young. And it’s less intimidating for women to meet strangers who have friends or acquaintances in common.
Jenna signed up for all three apps but liked the volume of potential choices on Tinder. She found the app really fun and somewhat addictive. Because there’s no rejection, Tinder eliminates approach anxiety for guys and girls don’t feel any obligation to communicate with anyone they’re not interested in. [Read more...]