Tinder has gone and pissed a fair few people off.
Their new pay-to-use premium version, called Tinder Plus, costs £3.99 a month if you're 18-27. And if you're older, it'll cost you £14.99.
Their reasoning? "Lots of products offer differentiated price tiers by age, like Spotify does for students, for example.'
Wait, but...never mind.
If you fork out for Tinder Plus, you'll get the Rewind feature, which means you can undo accidental left swipes. There's also a Passport feature that lets you search in a different city to where you're based.
And you'll also get unlimited swipes.
"But we already have that," says you. "Not anymore!" says Tinder. If you're not a paying customer, Tinder will cut you off are a certain number of swipes in a manner that feels a bit like 'You've had enough, mate.'
Naturally, people are outraged by the whole thing. Taking away unlimited swipes? Treating the 28 and overs like a bloody cash cow? This will not stand!
But you know what? Spring is almost here. People are starting to reappear in pub gardens, the evenings are staying brighter for longer and it's the perfect opportunity to meet girls the old-fashioned way again. You know, by manning up and talking to them.
We enlisted the help of top relationships experts so that next time you see a pretty girl, you know what to say and do.
Here are their 10 top tips:
“Go over and introduce yourself,” says dating coach Hayley Quinn. “Women like to be approached, and hanging back and staring makes you look uncertain or insecure. And remember to smile.”
“The ‘two-day’ rule no longer exists. When everybody takes their mobile phone everywhere, waiting two days to call just makes you look like you’re not interested,” says match.com dating expert Kate Taylor. “If you want to play games, concentrate on Angry Birds.”
“A lot of guys think the question, ‘Can I buy you a drink?’ has exactly the same meaning as the question, ‘Can I touch your left tit?’” says comedian Bekka Bowling. “But we’re on to you, and we don’t like it.”
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As Clare Young from uniformdating.com says: “If you say something original, unexpected and funny, then you’ll definitely get a girl’s attention. It helps if the girl is laughing with you, not at you, though…”
“Avoid verbally expressing your desires to a girl,” says female pick-up artist Kezia Noble. “Do it with actions: while you’re talking, hold her gaze for a little longer than necessary; look as if you have suddenly noticed how unbelievably sexy she is, and then look away.”
“If ever a bloke tries to dance with me I feel nauseous,” says Bekka Bowling. “As for ‘comedy dancing’, it’s the ultimate turn off. Sure, everybody loves a joker. Even my dad’s a crowd-pleaser after a few drinks. But I don’t want to have sex with my dad.”
As dating coach Honey Langcaster-James says, “Girls love to tell their friends how they met someone, so if your first date is generic and boring, it says a lot about you. Dating is competitive – you need to have the edge.”
“Girls just can’t be bothered with ‘bad boys,’” says Abbie Cammidge, sex writer at more! magazine. “We’d never tell Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling or Robert Pattinson we’re better off as friends. And look how nice they seem.”
As sex and culture magazine nerve.com’s Caitlin says, “The truly hilarious men rarely wear ‘funny’ on their sleeves. They trade on observations, rather than a set of pre-planned jokes.”
“A carefully written text or email can still be romantic,” says Julie Spira, author of The Perils of Cyberdating. “Girls always love a digital interruption in their day which says you’re thinking of them.”