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After a 30-second setup that pulls photos and basic stats from a user's Facebook profile, users scroll other Tinderites filtered by age, gender and geographic proximity.
With each profile, you can see shared friends and interests, browse photos and swipe left for "no," right for "yes." When two people say "yes" to each other, the magic happens: You're given the power to chat.
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), chatting up men while working out, setting up dates during meetings and juggling midnight conversations - all on my phone.
And, victoriously, I even went on a number of dates - in real life. " is alive and well; it was just hiding in my phone.And according to a Facebook study of its users conducted last fall, San Francisco rates highest among major American cities on the ratio of single men to single women.Matchmaking service the Dating Ring has even launched a crowdfunded campaign to send New York's single women to meet all of San Francisco's "eligible bachelors." You want numbers? That's the (ballpark) number of men who have approached me, a single 30-year-old woman, since I moved here almost two years ago.The premise is simple; the practice, revolutionary."It's like being at a cocktail party or a coffee shop," says Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen of Tinder's way of mimicking real-life interactions. For the past week, I'd been evaluating guys on my commute (what's with all the facial hair?At first, as women do, I internalized the problem ("the glasses are distracting"; "I'm going to the wrong places").