Nevertheless, for many of its 50 million global users, the application is simply the newest and most powerful platform in their ageless search for love.
Needless to say, Tinder has not skipped over Israel, and though official local membership figures have never been released, Tinder management has hinted at relatively high usage rates among Israelis with respect to population size.
No games necessary.”Like in the real world, it seems not all users swim through the application with precisely the same set of expectations.
As Ben himself had quickly discovered, far more girls using Tinder around Israel are there to find a serious relationship than he had anticipated, perhaps reflecting an altogether more conservative or traditional disposition among Israelis in comparison to other cultures.
What is not at all obvious, however, is the way in which the app has embedded itself into local culture. A virtual excursion through Tinder seemed to be the only effective way of finding out.
Brief chats with a wide variety of local users have helped this reporter form a better understanding not only of the way Israelis view the application, but also the dating game in general.
Having passed her initial screening, this reporter, himself within the age range typical of Tinder users, moved forward with his own set of questions to discern what she was doing on Tinder in the first place.“I have a hard time meeting potential partners in my daily routine,” Ronit confesses.
Though exact numbers are tricky to obtain, the vast majority of users willing to be interviewed can mention at least one personal acquaintance who met their spouse on the application.
Asaf, 31, from Rehovot claims the thought of marriage was what brought him to Tinder in the first place.
JSwipe is the kosher version of Tinder, an application using the very same swiping mechanism but catering to Jews looking to date within the tribe.
Already quite popular in the Diaspora as a complementary service to Jewish dating sites like JDate, in recent months Israeli Jews looking for a bride or groom have been making use of the application as an alternative to Tinder, far less definite in its scope of functions.
If the two users both swiped right, they can start chatting. On the face of it, Tinder is a general-purpose social platform and makes no explicit mention of serving as a dating app.