Swiping left and right has become synonymous with dating applications, but none have set the idea in stone like Tinder did. They took the concept of accepting and rejecting and shrank it down to a gesture. At the same time, the gestures also act as navigation. Say what you want about Tinder, but they revolutionized the way dating apps work.

So, the question is: what happens when you swipe left on Tinder? Such a small gesture has big implications for your experience on Tinder. Let’s take a look at how it does.

What Happens When You Swipe Left on Tinder

Understanding how Tinder works as a dating app will clarify what swiping left does. And to start, it’s best to explain what swiping right does.

Tinder’s goal is to get you matched with other like-minded individuals, at least in an ideal situation. However, rather than match you with other people from all over the world, Tinder aims at sharing profiles by users near you. How does it do that? By using your location.

With your location known, Tinder can share the profiles of Tinder users within a radius. Now, you won’t know their exact location, just that they’re within the radius you’ve set. It can be as close as 10 miles or 100 miles in all directions. And for your information: the radius can be changed at any time.

So, you’ve got a stack of profiles to look at. What do you do? One by one you look at each profile and decide if you would like to get to know them better or if they aren’t your type. It’s okay to reject profiles (more on that shortly). How is that done? You start swiping, but not just in any direction.

You see a Tinder user that looks interesting. You like their bio, maybe they’re physically attractive—you want to know more about them. Good! You swipe right. Now, again, this is done one profile at a time. To see the next person in line, you have to make a decision on each profile before you can see the next possible match.

What if you see a profile that you don’t find all that interesting? Well, you swipe left. And that’s that; nothing interesting happens. You might see them again, but it’s unlikely if you move around a lot. You’re more likely to see the same profile if you use Tinder in, say, your home all the time. It’s mainly because of location. Tinder only has a limited number of users to pull from and they’re based on location.

Will the Other Person Know?

You’ve made the tough decision to swipe left on someone. Unfortunately, rejection isn’t always easy to deal with, and those same individuals can and have lashed out. The question is: are you in danger? Will the other person know you swiped left on them? You can rest easy knowing that won’t happen.

You see, above all else, Tinder values mutual interest. If you reject someone, and that same person swipes right on you—nothing happens. You can’t interact directly with other Tinder users unless you and that other person mutually swiped right on one another. If you swipe left on someone’s profile, they won’t ever know.

In other words, you are free to swipe left on any and every profile if you feel they aren’t interesting enough or not in line with your tastes. No one is going to force you to interact with people if you don’t want to. It’s because people don’t always handle rejection well.

Bottom Line

Now that swiping left on Tinder is understood, you can take this information and apply it to your dating experience. Not every profile can be a winner, and each person has their own tastes. And since swiping left is done anonymously, you don’t have to worry about some crazy loon busting down your door.