The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
“They are arguably the most intimate possession that we have.” Tinder offers a simple way to meet people online.
If you are a bit leery about pinning what is likely the most important decision in your life—who will be your partner through good times and bad, possibly the parent of your children—on a stranger's inclination to swipe left or right based on a snapshot of you, rest easy.
Just as the social world is hurtling full tilt to force decisions more and more on less and less, so are forces moving in the opposite direction.
Another whenever-you-want-it app, only this time it is purely in the name of meeting strangers and hoping to impress them with your best profile picture (thank you Instagram, for your flattering filters). Initially you judge and are judged, based mainly on appearance and if you both like the look of one another, you can start talking.
In some ways, it actually works better than meeting someone on a night out.