It's also a bit like the Wild West in that there are no rules, not everyone is looking for the same thing, and you could end up in just about any situation—from a one-night stand to meeting your future husband. Its reputation as a hookup app came from the no-barriers approach, modeled after Grindr, which made the best of two people who found each other attractive in close proximity to one another. Easy hookups, no strings. But, trust, there are many men and women who have still not evolved past the early idea of Tinder as a hookup app alone. You'll usually know it when you see their pictures—topless in a mirror, duck faces, body part shots, in-bed photos. These people are probably not on the app looking for a long-term relationship. Then again, who are we to assume?
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