Compare this with Tinder's main screen: (Courtesy of Tinder) That's not too different from Hinge's main screen; the main contrasts are that Tinder shows you shared interests and Hinge shows you the user's employer and/or school, which is potentially more illuminating.But pulling up a profile (like this one, which Jimmy Fallon and the staff of (The Tonight Show) You get to see all their pictures, how close they are to you, how recently they logged in, and a short "about me" section.But Hinge's official blog is doing its damndest to try to close the gap, through stuff like its 30 Most Eligible in NYC list, which collects a group of the app's most socially connected and most frequently "liked" users in New York: The danger of most dating sites and apps is that you have basically no idea whom you're being matched up with and whether they're safe to meet in person.Even now you'll hear concerns that your OKCupid date "could be a serial killer," which, while paranoid and hyperbolic, has a semblance of a point to it.There are a lot of horrible people in the world, and OKCupid and can't do all that much to keep you from going to dinner with them.Moreover, dating sites aimed at heterosexuals tend to feature a lot of male harassment of female users, sometimes to the point that women's inboxes become sufficiently clogged to render the service unusable.
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Hinge is growing fast, and it's worth getting to know it.The gender ratio is 50-50, according to Mc Grath, and 90 percent of users are between 23 and 36, making the Hinge user base noticeably older than Tinder's.(An exact comparison isn't available, but 52 percent of Tinder users are between 18 and 24.) As of March 2014, the app had made 1 million matches; by August it was up to 3 million, and over 8 million by late October.Hinge takes a middle ground: you don't have to answer questions, but you do get to include more information about yourself. While you can specify that you want people close to you, there are limits; whereas Tinder lets you look for users within one mile of you, the lowest Hinge goes is 10 miles.
The app also doesn't automatically update when you change locations.
You can also pull up Ed W.'s profile for more info: (Courtesy of Hinge) You can see his height, his college and grad school, any friends you share, and a variety of self-descriptive tags that Hinge lets you choose from (including "country clubber," "bookworm," "joker," "smoker," and "midnight toker").