While Rio Olympics 2016 is on in full swing with players and athletes giving their best for their country, peeps at Rio de Janeiro are looking for a match of a totally different kind. Recently recovered statistics from the popular online dating app Tinder, suggest that in the first weekend of the international games, profile matches in the Olympic Village have shot up dramatically. Also Read - Tinder could now block your ex, office colleagues, relatives before you start swiping
“The Olympic Games have started and Tinder use has skyrocketed in Rio de Janeiro. Over the weekend, matches in the Olympic Village increased by 129 percent and we expect this trend to continue throughout the Games. Rio has also become the most popular place in the world to swipe using Tinder’s Passport feature – with Rio visits increasing by 211 percent during the same time,” said a spokesperson from Tinder. Also Read - Tinder could let users run a background check on their dates soon
In just a week since Olympics kicked off, Tinder usage has more than doubled in the Olympics Village. The daily active users on Tinder in Rio De Janeiro rose 64 percent and profile matches went up by a whopping 129 percent. While the swipes, the choose or reject feature of the app, have gone up by 69 percent in the area, the super likes, where users pick the best-looking person they come across each day, shot up by 73 percent. And why wouldn’t it? Think about all the swimmers competing at the games! Also Read - Tinder's in-app interactive adventure series 'Swipe Night' coming to India next month
The recently created, Verified and Rio ready Tinder profile of US Swim Team legend Ryan Lochte #ryanlochte as spotted at the final training camp in Atlanta Georgia prior to heading to the Rio Games. With 5 Olympic Gold medals one of the most decorated swimmers in Olympic history. #swimmer #tinder #georgia #atlanta #aquatics #swimming #roadtorio #usswimteam #usswimming #teamus #teamusa #200m #400m #freestyle #backstroke #theheckler #huffpostgram
According to Daily Mail’s sources, even though the Olympics Village has a large recreational area offering video games, music, table tennis and billiards, plus a post office, general store and a free McDonald’s, a lot of athletes are looking for more, hence turning to their smartphones to spice things up a bit.
Some of the popular Olympians using the online dating app includes French water polo player Rémi Saudadier, Dutch gymnast Bart Deurloo, Greek swimmer Stefanos Dimitriadis and South African swimmer Roland Schoeman.