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Tinder vs. Bumble

Bumble or Tinder? Both or Neither?


The New York City streets are where Circa Campus found answers regarding the trending romance social apps Tinder and Bumble. Here’s what we found:

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Tinder was created in 2013 by two college best friends, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen. Both college students had aspirations to work in the internet entrepreneurship field. Their thought was that people could branch out of their comfort zones in the dating game.

I mean I guess if I get rejected, I can start sobbing and they won’t even know, so that’s cool?


Users on the app are given the option to swipe right if interested and left if not. The mutual matches (AKA "right swipes") can then message each other.

Many users have said that the dating app isn’t necessarily for “dating” but more engaging in hookup culture. It seems that the app is used more for fun than anything serious.

However, some relationships have credited all their romantic success to right swipes on Tinder.


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Bumble was launched in December 2014 after the success of Tinder.

The differentiates itself through the simple rule that the girl must message the guy first to start a conversation.

Whitney Wolfe, the founder of Bumble, wanted to give women an option to have more power in the dating game, knocking down the stereotypical rule “guys have to make the first move”.

Wolfe didn’t create this app because she was some loser who didn’t know how to date, she was a young woman in her prime who was just sick and tired of society’s dating rules. Why couldn’t she text a boy first?

Since Wolfe’s plan became a success, many users have said that Bumble’s dating candidates seem to be more stable and mature (AKA not all guys just want to hookup).

Before Bumble's creation, Wolfe was a co-founder of Tinder alongside Mateen, her ex-boyfriend.

Wolfe left Tinder after the pair's breakup to later find her own form of swiping. (That drama is enough for a whole other article.)

Since launching, Bumble has created many relationships for its users...and OK, if we’re honest, maybe a few hookups too.

Tips for Using Bumble & Tinder

The choice is yours when it comes to deciding on downloading Bumble, Tinder, or both. You can also stay traditional and download neither.

Whichever you choose, make sure you’re smart about it. Use the app(s) for whatever you like - hooking up, chatting because of boredom, or hoping for a few nice dates (or ladies, free meals? Just kidding. If you can get a Tinder date to pay for a meal, I’ll be impressed.).


No matter what the reason you hit the download button is, always put your safety first when using either app. Never put yourself in a situation that could cause potential danger.

Also, if you’re going to use a dating app…don’t catfish anyone but don’t sell yourself short. Choose your selfies wisely and you probably don’t want to use a photo with an ex on your profile.

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Last but not least, here is some sappy advice - don’t go searching for true love. If it was that easy, we would all have it in our carts on Amazon. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

So, for now, enjoy yourself, have fun, and let love find you. Happy Swiping.

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