Tinder really is the app that started it all. It launched in 2012 and truly changed the dating scene forever, introducing singles to a world of swiping left or right to match with potential bedfellows or serious significant others.
And while there used to be lots of people looking for all different things, it’s now geared much more towards casual dating. Tinder is probably best in a small town where there aren’t as many people on the more niche apps but definitely know that people are looking for more informal arrangements.
While it started as an entirely free app, there’s now a free and paid premium option that allows users to "super like" people (an extra form of flattery that allegedly triples your chances for a match), use the passport feature to see who’s out there in other locations, and see who liked you before you swiped right on them. Tinder Gold gives users all of that and more for around $15 a month, while Tinder Platinum gives users those options as well as the ability to message someone before matching for about $10 monthly for six months.