Tinder, the online dating app, has exploded in popularity precisely because of its bare-bones simplicity.
There’s purposefully no profiles to fill out, and Tinder’s creators say its superficial focus on looks mimics the social dynamics of the offline world. All members see about potential dates are a few photos, mutual friends and interests, and the other person’s location.
But given how little there is to go by, do people really meet up with strangers they find on Tinder -- with no friends in common, zero personal information and an unusually pretty face? Are a few cute photos and an invitation enough to lure people on a date?
Emphatically, yes. And more than five dozen people, at that.
Intrigued by Tinder’s success on their college’s campus, three Brigham Young University college students set up a social media experiment to test how many men would show up at a frozen yogurt shop to meet a pretty girl they’d found on Tinder, but knew nothing about.
“We were looking at it the other night and wondered, ‘how many guys would actually randomly meet up with someone they’d never talked to in real life or anything?’” said Bowman Bagley, a junior who organized the Tinder test with roommates Danny Gessel and Joshua Valdez. “We weren’t sure we’d be willing to do it … We didn’t think that many people would. And we were proven wrong."
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