In this day and age, with how technology like smartphones has invaded everyone’s pockets, dating is no longer tethered to striking up a conversation with someone random at your favorite tea joint. Apps like Tinder have people finding love even if you never met the reason, or rather, an attraction that people can choose to explore.

And Tinder is really good at it, too. Through preferences and general use, Tinder can throw possible matches at you that are more likely to spark something rather than end in heartbreak. If there’s something everyone can agree on: rejection sucks.

To minimize rejection, and maximize confidence, Tinder uses a super sophisticated system. If you like what you see and read, swipe right on the person. Yes, it’s that simple. However, the question then becomes: what’s next? What happens when you swipe right on Tinder?

How Matching On Tinder Works

So, what happens when you swipe right on someone using Tinder? Well, technically speaking, nothing happens. That is it as far as interaction goes. You swipe right on Tinder users that you want to interact with more.

But wait, you might be asking, then how does Tinder make matches? Tinder is a platform for people who are interested in each other—it has to go both ways for the process to continue. In other words, if you want to speak with one of your potential matches, you have to wait for them to swipe right on you. You’re a sitting duck until further notice.

Yes, it can be a bit frustrating. You want to talk to them now, right? You’re ready to mingle, so what’s the problem? As it turns out, that’s just not enough. Tinder is all about mutual interest; not one-way interest. If you swipe right on someone, and they swiped left, that’s the end of the road for you two. You might see them again, and you can swipe right again, but no interaction can happen until two people agree.

Look on the brightside, when someone does swipe right on you, and you did, too, then you two can get to know each other. Find out what made Tinder think you two could find common ground. And maybe, just maybe, it could lead to something great.

Does the Other Person Know?

So, now you know how matching works. If you swipe right on someone, and they do the same to you, both of you can strike up a conversation and perhaps find a connection strong enough to move forward. That’s great, but what about all those people you swiped right on and haven’t done the same? Don’t they understand you’re interest?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. What Tinder does NOT do is let the other person know you swiped right on them, and the same goes for you. You won’t get a notification, nor will they if either of you swipe right. You are completely in the dark as much as the other person is.

That doesn’t seem fair, does it? It has to be that way. Think of the ramifications if that information was known or if someone could interact with you before you swiped right on them. It would, quite frankly, be a disaster. People would jump the gun before anything concrete happened and, quite possibly, ruin their chances with someone.

Bottom Line

If you are actively dating—whether it’s out in the open or with Tinder—it can be exhilarating, scary, and frustrating all at once. You want people to like you and you want to be liked. So, keep swiping right, but only do it when you’re interested. There’s only a limited number of swipes you can make every day. No sense in wasting them.