REVEALED: Who comes up for you on Tinder isn’t actually random at all
We just discovered Tinder's inner-workings and it's making us slightly uncomfortable...
We’re guessing if you clicked to read this story, you know the drill with Tinder. The dating app searches the area around your current location to find singles for you to either swipe right (aka indicate that you’re keen) or left (aka quietly reject). But you probably knew that.
What you may not have known, however, is that Tinder doesn’t *randomly* pull the men/women near you – who you see come up is actually based on your own “desirability”.
According to Sean Rad, Tinder’s founder and CEO, the rating, called an 'Elo score' isn’t to be confused as a measure of attractiveness.
"It’s not just how many people swipe right on you. It’s very complicated. It took us two and a half months just to build the algorithm because a lot of factors go into it," he said.
Tinder's VP of Product compared it to the video game Warcraft, shedding some more light on the behind-the-scenes workings of the app.
"I used to play a long time ago, and whenever you play somebody with a really high score, you end up gaining more points than if you played someone with a lower score," he says. "It’s a way of essentially matching people and ranking them more quickly and accurately based on who they are being matched up against."
If you're still confused, here's another way of thinking about it. Every time someone's profile comes up on your Tinder, you swipe left or right - casting your vote. People with a higher score will be shown to others with a high score, and people with a lower score... well, we don't even want to think about it.