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Like Earls, it’s another chain from the west known primarily for its sexy wait staff and showy wine lists.All of these places bill themselves as restaurants, and it’s true that they all serve good food, but culinary merit is beside the point, particularly on Wednesdays and Thursdays (the Bay Street weekend), when they fill up like Irish pubs on St. By , getting a seat can be impossible, which is why interns are often sent down around 3 p.m. People go to unwind (i.e., get hammered), do business (i.e., get hammered on the company credit card) and socialize (i.e., hook up).They have no time to nurture long-term relationships.The men in their lives are conveniently slotted in for sex—and Tinder is the tool that makes it all happen.It’s a highly skilled, highly educated group that’s out-earning the rest of Toronto by an increasingly high margin: in 1990, the average person living in the downtown core—between Yonge and Simcoe, and Queen and Front—made ,623 a year (158 per cent more than the average person in the GTA).By 2012 the average income had more than tripled to 7,909, which shakes out to three and a half times the metropolitan average.And they use it because smartphones have become a fifth limb.
Today it has an estimated 24 million active monthly users, nearly 3 million in Canada, and it’s used primarily by 18- to 34-year-olds. It whittles the once-complicated time suck of seeking love online into one explicit question: do you look like someone I might want to have sex with? If not, you swipe left, and another possible partner appears on your phone screen. Tinder users can evaluate 50 potential partners in the time it might take to have a meaningful in-person interaction with one.
Valerie, like others I interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition that her real name not be used. She lives in a downtown condo and often travels internationally for work.
Like The Suit, she’s an aggressive, high-functioning, time-strapped professional, and she found that men who worked downtown were more likely to share her pragmatic approach to dating. Giving Tinder conquests nicknames helps Valerie and her girlfriends keep track of who’s who during their daily debriefs. There was Miami Vice (drove a white Range Rover and had a slicked-back ’80s hairdo), Bromeo (who bragged about his designer loafers) and Sweater Vest—a nice guy who took her to the AGO and invited her to a friend’s housewarming party, but ultimately, Valerie didn’t feel a spark. She says a lot of guys she meets approach dating like an investment, and she checks a lot of boxes—she’s smart, career-driven and a knockout, with Barbie-blond hair and Brooke Shields brows. For Valerie, the advantage of conducting her sex life through her smartphone is that it allows for maximum productivity with minimal effort.
For those who are unfamiliar with the world’s most popular people connector, here’s a crash course.
Tinder was created by a group of 20-something friends working in a start-up incubator in California.