The breakdown: Few haven’t heard of Tinder(Opens in a new tab), the widely-used
hookup dating app that originated the “swipe right for yes, left for no” concept. The way Tinder works is pretty much just that. Users create a profile to which they can connect their Facebook and Instagram accounts. After filling in some basic info and typing a brief bio (usually no more than three sentences), users can get to swiping. The app shows you other users based on location, and if you find one you like, just swipe right. If someone you like also swipes right for you, it’s a match, and you can proceed to message each other.
Why it’s good for sexting: While Tinder(Opens in a new tab) is technically a dating app, its reputation tends to skew more toward a hookup app. But unlike more serious, paid apps like Match, Tinder tends to attract people who are open to something casual. Tinder’s setup also makes for super easy browsing without the hassle of creating an in-depth profile, so you don’t have to fill out all the compatibility-focused questions and can instead focus on the reason you’re really there — to find someone you think is hot enough to sext with.
The upgraded memberships come with nice perks if you’re using the app for sexting, too. With a Tinder Plus membership, you can choose to keep your profile information private until you like another user’s profile. With Tinder Gold, you can see who likes you before you swipe, and swipe around the world (for some cultured dirty talk). Finally, with Tinder Platinum, you don’t even need to match with someone to message them — just slide into the DMs immediately.
Bonus: According to a survey, over 70% of Tinder users never actually meet up(Opens in a new tab) with their matches in person. Normally this wouldn’t be considered a bonus but in the world of sexting? All we hear is “popular dating app where there’s not a lot of pressure to actually meet up.” Ding ding ding. We have a winner.