Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tinder Becomes Part of Youth's Social Network

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tinder Becomes Part of Youth's Social Network

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

SOME say it's shallow and just for "hook-ups".

Others have found long-term relationships through it while the rest have probably never heard of the dating app Tinder.

The smartphone app, which was created in 2012 and has more than 10million users worldwide, is now deeply ingrained into the way young people in Mackay are meeting each other.

The app links people through location and users scroll through profile pictures deciding who they will "like" by swiping right.

When two users like each other's profile, a match is created and they can then arrange to go on a date.

This weekend, CBD nightclub Movidas is hosting the region's first Tinder party. Tinder users are encouraged to switch their locations to a 1km radius and search for their matches in the club.

Nineteen-year-old Courtney Bryant started one relationship on Tinder.

He was her first Tinder date.

"I was quite nervous, I felt it was a bit of a risk, and I know some people are not willing to take the risk," she said. …

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