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The essential mechanics of Tinder revolve around swiping: you swipe right on profiles you’re interested in and left on those you’re not. And If both you and a user swipe right on each other, it’s a match, which gives you both the opportunity to start a conversation.
But what happens when you get a match without swiping right? How is it even possible? Well, let’s go over this.
Can You Have a Tinder Match Without Swiping Right?
While it may seem a little strange to find a match without you swiping right, it’s important to consider a couple of things.
The first is the possibility of an unintentional swipe. We’ve all had our clumsy moments, right? It’s very easy to accidentally swipe right on someone without realizing it, especially when the app is as sensitive and responsive as Tinder.
The second thing to consider is the timing. Tinder doesn’t always instantly notify you when you have a match.
You might have swiped right on a person days or even weeks ago, and they only just reciprocated the swipe. So by the time they pop up in your matches, you may have forgotten ever swiping right on them in the first place.
In fact, this is one of the reason people come up with the conclusion they got a match without swiping right.
But here’s the clincher: as of 2023, you cannot match with someone on Tinder without both parties swiping right. So, any unexpected matches are likely a result of either forgetfulness, an unintentional swipe, or previous swipe weeks or months back.
You can’t tell me you’ve never swiped right before, right? 😉
What Generally Happens when you don’t Swipe
When you choose not to swipe right or left on a profile, basically, nothing happens.
However, keep in mind that while you’re withholding your decision, other users are not.
They might swipe right on you, and if you eventually do the same, a match will be formed. But if you never swipe on that profile, a potential match could be left hanging indefinitely. The bad part about this is how difficult it can be to tell who exactly swiped right on you or even left.
The algorithm is also something you may need to consider.
Tinder’s algorithm prefers active users. It’s been suggested that frequent swiping (right or left) can influence the quality of profiles you’re shown.
If you’re not swiping, the algorithm might interpret this as inactivity and potentially show your profile to fewer users.
Aside from that, you’d obviously be getting fewer matches than you should. Not something most people want to experience.
When Should You Swipe Right on Dating Apps?
Generally, the “right” time to swipe right is subjective, and ultimately up to you.
However, the golden rule is to swipe right when you genuinely find someone interesting or attractive based on their profile.
But then, you also want to keep in mind that dating apps aren’t just about the pictures – the bio can reveal a lot about a person’s personality and interests.
However, regardless, If their photos catch your eye, and their bio resonates with you, that’s a good sign to consider swiping right.
It’s also important to be authentic with your swipes. Just because a profile seems popular or attractive to others doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right fit for you. Take a moment to ponder, “Would I enjoy a conversation or even a date with this person?”
Also remember to keep safety and respect paramount. Swipe right if the profile seems genuine and respectful. If you notice any red flags—like offensive language or overly aggressive humor—it’s a good idea to swipe left.
Lastly, don’t feel pressured to swipe right on everyone simply because you want a match. Quality over quantity can save you from unnecessary stress and heartache.
Next time you’re surprised by a match, don’t be too quick to call it fate or a glitch in the matrix. It might just be a forgotten swipe or an accidental tap. Keep this in mind!