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But when I downloaded Tinder, I, too, was finally able to relax and flirt.Unlike the other dating apps I’d tried years earlier, like Match or Ok Cupid, I didn’t have to scroll through paragraphs-long, superfluous autobiographies.
It’s much harder to sit your parents down for a heart-to-heart than it is to click a box that says ‘I’m looking for women.’” *** These days, there are dozens of mobile dating apps — Bumble, Happn, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel are just a few.One November day in 2013, in a suburb outside Los Angeles, Mark Vidal decided to download Tinder. “It felt like the universe was trying to tell me something.” Across the city, in an apartment next to Disneyland, Max Landwirth was swiping through matches on Tinder, too.He set up his profile, and then made a choice: He’d only ever dated women — including a seven-year relationship with his high school sweetheart — but in a moment of honesty and curiosity, he set his preferences to show him both men and women. It had only been a month or so since he had come out as gay to his family and friends.After confirming this, it was a lot easier to just be blunt about who I was interested in.” For Ian, this way of coming out mercifully lacked the drama of making a formal announcement.“It’s a lot easier when it comes up in conversation or there is a reason to show your orientation,” he wrote.