Tinder Gold Is Here, But Is It Worth Your Time And Money?

Of course you’ve used Tinder before, but the real question is, would you pay for it? When Tinder Plus was introduced back in 2015, you could pay $10 a month to get all kinds of special features that would apparently increase your chances of finding love. Now that Tinder Gold is here, should you pay $4.99 a month on top of your Tinder Plus subscription for it? Definitely not.

  1. It’s really just more of the same. Tinder Gold is pretty much Tinder Plus—you can use the Rewind and Passport features, you can like as many people as you want, and you can super like five people each day. While it sounds great in theory not to get locked out of your account for a 12-hour period if you’re swiped right on too many people, it’s not really that thrilling. It’s tough to see how this is different, new, or exciting.
  2. The one new feature isn’t a selling point. So why would you want to pay extra for Tinder Gold? Because you can now see who has swiped right/liked you on the app. That’s great… until you think about the fact that it’s super hard to find guys that you have anything in common with, think are attractive, and would want to meet in person. You’re really just going to see people who have liked you that you don’t want to go out with. Big whoop?
  3. If you don’t enjoy Tinder, this will feel even worse. Sure, dating apps make it easier to find people in your area to go on dates with, but that’s kind of all that they can promise you. Sometimes they can’t even do that since you’ve definitely had dry spells where you can’t even get a date. If you love Tinder then maybe you will love Tinder Gold. If you struggle to use the app, this is just going to depress you even more since it could mean even more guys who don’t reply to your messages or want to meet IRL.
  4. More matches don’t mean more chances at finding love. The idea of Tinder Gold is that you can like hundreds of guys every time that you use the app and that you can see who’s liked you, which makes it super simple to message them. But what if you don’t think that anyone sounds like the kind of person that you’ve been looking for? And what if you don’t believe that love is a numbers game? It just doesn’t sound like the best idea.
  5. The features could be so much better. Let’s break down some of the so-called amazing features if you pay for this app. One is Rewind, AKA being able to go back and swipe right on someone instead of left. That’s totally unnecessary. Since Tinder feels so random, it’s unlikely that this person was your future husband and now you’ve messed it all up. The same thing goes for the Passport feature where you can use Tinder while you travel. You might not actually want to hook-up with random people when you’re on vacation. What about features that force people to answer you when you message them or make getting dates easier?
  6. It sounds overwhelming AF. It’s no secret that dating via dating apps can be really exhausting. There is so much to deal with, from worrying about who should send the first message to thinking that you’re going to get ghosted before you even go on the first date. Why would you possibly want to add any extra stress to the experience? Paying for Tinder Gold honestly sounds like adding a lot to your plate. There will be so many people to go through and swipe on, you might give up before you even make a connection.
  7. You shouldn’t have to pay for bad dates and creepy behavior. Some people might argue that you get what you pay for… or don’t pay for, in the case of regular Tinder. Let’s be real here: people don’t always act the way that they should when online dating. You can be treated badly for free. Do you really want to pay for that? Talk about the most rhetorical question ever.
  8. The “so many people, so little time” theory is wrong. The idea behind Tinder Gold is that you don’t have enough time to date and it takes up your time to use the app. Dating shouldn’t be this super rushed process that you schedule into your calendar like going to yoga. If you’re honestly looking for the right guy then you can’t force that or make it happen any faster and there’s really no reason to pay for this.
  9. It’s not the only way to meet people. It’s easy to think that meeting IRL is completely impossible if you’ve been online dating and/or all your BFFs are. But there really are other ways to meet guys. You can get introduced by friends, you can take a class and hit it off with someone, or you can meet your match at the gym. Paying for this service is like saying that this is the only way that you can find love, and since that’s just not true, you should save your money.
Aya Tsintziras is a freelance lifestyle writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. In addition to writing about dating and relationships for Bolde, she also writes about movies, TV, and video games for ScreenRant and GameRant. She has a Political Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Journalism from Ryerson University. You can find her on Twitter @ayatsintziras and on Instagram @aya.tsintziras.