Tinder has a function that allows users to "passport" their location in order to connect with people all over the world, or at least hook up with strangers while traveling abroad. Hey, what happens at the youth hostel stays at the youth hostel! Now people are using the function to swipe on international athletes at the Olympic Village in South Korea. You know, back in my day if you wanted to be a groupie you had to hang around the back door and hope the celebrity came out. Not that I ever did that. Not even for Billy Idol in 1985.
Tinder is releasing data that there is a 1850% increase in Tinder Passport users at the Olympic Villages. And folks aren't being that picky about which athlete they want to connect with. Anyone will do. According to Tinder there is a 565% rise in right swipes and a 644% increase in suitable matches.
These are the top countries hoping to find love with professional athletes:
People are definitely into it:
All of these Olympics tweets and all I can think about is how lit tinder must be in Pyeongchang rn— LT (@LouisTweetz) February 12, 2018
Word around the street is that athletes here for the Olympics are hitting up Tinder while they're in town. LOL— Mary Beth Estes (@drmubpepper) February 12, 2018
With the Olympics in Korea this year, Tinder is poppin🔥— Steve Nasiatka (@steve_nas27) February 12, 2018
Get down with your bad self, Alex B, but remember: safety first!
Your first 2018 winter Olympics record, 110,000 condoms will be distributed, 37.6 per sportman 👏 😋 , pretty sure tinder and grindr will be soon overloaded #pyeongchang2018 #winterolympics #winterolympics2018 #condom https://t.co/NHZQ4ltzyb pic.twitter.com/Zk8b6f7Q93— Sara S. Butler (@sarasbutler) February 1, 2018
Lizzie B was a bit concerned no one was writing about this:
I have not seen any thinkpieces this year about how Tinder is blowing up in Olympic Village due to hot sexy athlete hookups, so I'm forced to conclude the Olympics isn't really happening.— Lizzie B. (@lizzie_b) February 12, 2018
We're on it Lizzie B. And remember, people: if you do hook up with an Olympian, they probably won't want to lounge around all day taking selfies.