Alper says he thinks it's because there's still a stigma attached to the idea that you need help finding friends.
The stigma that once hung over online dating, however, has dissipated as it's become such a common way of finding love.
If you remove the weight of trying to find your soulmate or a hookup, dating apps are a lot more fun.
Once you do, it allows you to match with anyone across the world.
Hater soon saw something fascinating: Their user base split in two.
So, as Alper explains, it's “a lighter and friendlier atmosphere.” He adds, “The expectation of dating is hanging over everyone’s head with a lot of apps. Just a fun conversation, and that can go wherever.” That may also be why Hater has had a more organic transition into friend-matching than some of the bigger players.
Plenty of people use the major dating apps as a way of expanding their social circles.
Are dating apps even for love anymore, or are we just messing around on them the same way we do on Snapchat and Instagram?
The answer is complicated — just like the relationships that often spring from these apps.
When the app first launched back in February, it got a lot of international attention, with people signing up in many different countries.
There weren’t always enough users in any given region, so the app expanded the radius for people in those areas, allowing users to start matching all over the globe.
It gives people a low-key way to find friends — and maybe even a community — they wouldn't necessarily find elsewhere.
So maybe it's time to set aside Snapchat and start swiping around for your next BFF.
These online connections are replacing the need for the physical connection." That's a bleak thought, though he adds, "It's not true for everyone.