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Tinder has launched what it calls Reactions. These are little animated responses you can send to someone on Tinder in lieu of actual words. Reactions aren’t meant to replace the need to converse with a potential date, but they offer a quick way of reacting to what they’re saying and doing.
More and more people are trying their hand at online dating in order to find love. Unfortunately, your experience of online dating will be tempered by the people you meet. And while there are lots of nice people around, there are also creeps, weirdos, and idiots you should try to avoid at all costs.
Give Potential Matches Instant Feedback
Tinder’s solution to this problem is Reactions. These help you give potential matches instant feedback on what they’re saying or doing. So if they’re coming on too strong you can throw a drink in their face, or if they’re saying all the right things you can give them a round of applause.
To help promote Reactions, Tinder has called on Whitney Cummings, which the company describes as a “comedian, author, actress, and internationally renowned douchebag expert”. It turns out that there are a lot of douchebags on Tinder, and Cummings thinks she can help reduce the douchey behavior:
“Sometimes men need a little guidance when it comes to communicating on dating apps. And by a little, I mean a lot. Knowing I’m an expert on douchebags, Tinder reached out to me for help. I teamed up with the awesome, smart, bold women of Tinder to develop a new product that helps you tell guys how you really feel.”
To send a Reaction all you need to do is open a conversation on Tinder, tap the smiley icon, and select the Reaction that best sums up your response to the last message. Reactions range from extremely positive to bitterly negative, with something for every occasion in between the two.
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
They say that a picture paints a thousand words, so we can only assume these Reactions paint a million words. They should help you get a point across without the need for endless exposition. Which makes them the perfect shortcut for responding to advances on dating apps such as Tinder.
Are you on Tinder? Have you ever sent someone a message you instantly regretted? Or have you been the recipient of a distasteful message? Will Reactions help you deal with people on Tinder? Or do people just need to be nicer to each other? The comments are open below…
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