Posted on November 21, 2022
The 26-year-old from Las Vegas used an app called Snack to scroll through videos of women walking down the street, showing off their outfits, or lip-syncing to the camera.
One caught his eye – a tall, pretty blond recording herself walking through Disney California Adventure Park to the Avengers Campus, where she ordered a cocktail at the bar.
Coyle had stumbled upon Snack, an app that bills itself as “TikTok meets Tinder,” just a few days earlier. It’s one of a handful of innovative dating apps that are trying to capture the attention of Gen Z, many of whose members say they are tired of the apps that have dominated the online dating scene for nearly a decade – Bumble, Hinge and, above all, Tinder, which popularized the now-ubiquitous “swipe to match” user interface.
Looking for love with someone who shares your Myers-Briggs personality type, or your love of video games? Want to see a blurry photo of your prospective partner that gets progressively sharper the longer you chat? The options abound.
Heterosexual couples in the U.S. are now more likely to meet a romantic partner online than via any other mode of connection. A 2017 survey found 39% of such couples reported meeting their partner online, compared with 22% in 2009.
And during the pandemic, online dating reached new heights – with Bumble reporting a 70% increase in video calls and Tinder exceeding 3 billion swipes in one day for the first time in .
“Dating apps provide that opportunity for you to meet people outside of your typical circles that you would be in day to day and I think that’s really powerful – people say opposites attract,” Snack Chief Executive Kim Kaplan said.
Underscoring its intention to court a new generation of daters, Snack eliminated the swipe gesture in favor of pressing a heart button or sending a message. (more…)