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Jamie Anderson was one of several athletes who admitted that Tinder was popular at Sochi. (Mike Blake/REUTERS)
Jamie Anderson was one of several athletes who admitted that Tinder was popular at Sochi. (Mike Blake/REUTERS)

Everything you need to know about dating on Tinder (and how Canadians are using it) Add to ...

What do you love most about Tinder?

How simple the user interface is.

What's one thing you would change?

That you are able to see a list of who you said yes and no to. What if you made a mistake!

Have you had any more or less success at meeting people on Tinder?

I can't say I've had an amazing or terrible experience. Nothing has really stood out yet.

Who would you say is the type of person who would like using Tinder?

Someone who doesn't essentially know what they are looking for, but know they want to look for something

Is Tinder the real deal when it comes to online dating?

I've found more success on other sites, but this one is the most fun.

How would you describe yourself?

A mostly laid-back, easy-going guy who can pretty much get along with anyone.

SARAH, 28, COMMUNITY MANAGER AND BLOGGER (NOTTHATMANYFISH.COM), TORONTO

Are you currently single?

Technically yes. I say technically, because I'm seeing a few people but not in a relationship. You may as well call it single.

Have you ever had a relationship off Tinder?

No relationships have come out of my Tinder experiences.

How long have you used Tinder for?

Six to seven months.

How many matches have you made on Tinder?

Hundreds.

How many of these matches have you met in real life?

Four.

What do you think of Tinder? Especially in comparison to other dating sites and apps (Blendr, plentyoffish.com, match.com, eHarmony, etc.).

The app is total garbage. I've missed so many messages and it's a total user-experience nightmare, especially in comparison to OkCupid, which is my primary online-dating tool. I wish the app matched people in the background rather than having a pop-up each time.

Have you had any more or less success at meeting people on Tinder?

I've met four people on Tinder in real life: two that I dated, one that involved lots of late night texts and one that became a friendship.

In terms of my two dating experiences, they were right around the same time.

One gent was a fair bit older than me. We tried to connect to go out for a few weeks and eventually went for dinner on the Dundas West strip. I then took him to a bar, because I wasn't ready to end the date. Not to be judgmental, but he ordered a Jack and Diet Coke. We went on a subsequent date to lunch because it was hard to get our schedules to mesh. The entire time I basically watched the news playing in the background because he made me want to stab my eyes out, he was so dull. I guess any guy who owns two Basset Hounds is an immediate red flag.

The other guy was closer to my age. He also works in a similar industry and we have a lot of mutual friends. This guy liked to get really drunk and send really sad text messages. He once showed up at a friend’s show unannounced and tagged along to the afterparty. When I went inside to get beers, he apparently took a swig of whisky from a random person's flask and then disappeared. I tried to get a hold of him and heard back from him about half an hour later, when he told me that he had gone home. I cabbed over to his place and stood outside in the rain for 10 minutes, waiting for him to come down and let me in. I got an apologetic message from him the next day, but after that I never heard from him.

What do you love most about Tinder?

People seem to find it easier to connect via Tinder and things tend to go faster because there’s less of a profile to slog through.

What's one thing you would change?

Three things: notification settings and message/inbox management, and the ability to filter what mutual friends/interests are visible.

One of my biggest issues with the app is that I can only use my Facebook photos, and it’s a pain in the ass to change them. From the perspective of a gal looking at a guy’s profile, if it’s all group photos it’s nearly impossible to figure out who the person actually is. OkCupid has a great tool where you can get feedback on your best photo.

Who would you say is the type of person who would like using Tinder?

I think it's a mixed bag. For instance, I go back and forth on using it because I'm recently out of a long-term relationship. I often browse when I'm bored, but have no emotional connection to the app, and often my matches.

Is Tinder the real deal when it comes to online dating?

No. One of the things that stops it from being deeper is because it ultimately rests on whether or not you find the person attractive. It’s also really easy to “game” Tinder by constantly swiping right or picking “the right” photo. It's definitely brought online dating even more mainstream, but I think for me, the lack of anonymity also makes it hard to get past. I'm pretty easy to find online, so I don't always feel comfortable using Tinder for that reason.

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