When the app first launched back in February, it got a lot of international attention, with people signing up in many different countries.There weren’t always enough users in any given region, so the app expanded the radius for people in those areas, allowing users to start matching all over the globe.It gives people a low-key way to find friends — and maybe even a community — they wouldn't necessarily find elsewhere.
Hater soon saw something fascinating: Their user base split in two.It's not just Hater that people are using this way.One recent survey found that more than 90 percent of college students are using dating apps for purposes other than hooking up or finding love — mainly they're there for entertainment and the ego boost you get from being "liked." They may be onto something.It’s often somewhere between flirtation and pure friendship.
Alper suspects the popularity of Global Mode is due to it mimicking real life more than location-based matching does: “When people want to meet someone in real life, they’ll go to a bar. You go with your friends, whatever." And conversations happen more naturally.So, as Alper explains, it's “a lighter and friendlier atmosphere.” He adds, “The expectation of dating is hanging over everyone’s head with a lot of apps. Just a fun conversation, and that can go wherever.” That may also be why Hater has had a more organic transition into friend-matching than some of the bigger players.