LifestyleTinder's loss is Hinge's gain: The shift in dating app dynamics

Tinder's loss is Hinge's gain: The shift in dating app dynamics

Tinder's loss is Hinge's gain: The shift in dating app dynamics
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7:51 AM EDT, May 12, 2024

The recently published financial report by Match Group reveals the challenges facing Tinder. The dating app giant has seen a decline in premium users for six consecutive quarters. Meanwhile, interest in its rival, Hinge, is on the rise.

Tinder, once a massively popular dating platform, is experiencing a waning interest despite attracting scores of users a few years ago. While questions about its effectiveness in fostering new relationships persist, it's hard not to notice Match Group's struggle to enhance functionality and tackle the bot issue that undermines the app's user experience. Despite these challenges, there is a continued effort to innovate, which has been demonstrated by adding features like the ability to share details about one's date on Tinder.

Hinge gains popularity

As indicated in the same financial report, Tinder's popularity is waning. Although it still boasts an impressive active user base of 50 million, only 10 million are paid subscribers. In contrast, Hinge, another dating app under the Match Group umbrella, has seen its revenue jump 50 percent from the previous year, reaching $124 million.

Remarkably, 1.4 million users subscribe to Hinge's services. This figure is noteworthy for an app that markets itself with the tagline "Hinge, designed to be deleted." Unlike Tinder, which is often associated with short-term connections, Hinge aims to facilitate long-term relationships. Once users find their partner, they are encouraged to delete the app.

A shift towards more meaningful relationships?

More users are opting to pay for services that could lead them to genuine love instead of fleeting encounters. Tinder's revenue from optional in-app purchases like Super Likes and the "See Who Likes You" feature has fallen by 18 percent. Gary Swidler, Chief Financial Officer of Match Group, notes this trend is becoming increasingly apparent. The shift in user preferences may signal a new direction in online dating, where apps like Hinge, focusing on more substantial connections, have the advantage. This approach seems to resonate with what many in Generation Z are currently seeking.

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