Tinder users are changing their locations to Pyeongchang because the Winter Olympics thirst is real

Gold medalists from Team Canada celebrate their Tinder success (OK, maybe not) at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Image: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Apparently watching the Winter Olympics on television will no longer suffice in making people feel at the very heart of the action. These days, people are changing their Tinder locations so they can swipe on athletes at the Olympic Villages in South Korea. 

According to Tinder data, there’s been a 1,850 percent increase in swipers “passporting” to the Olympic Villages, where the athletes are staying. Tinder Passport is a feature which allows users to change their location to connect with people anywhere in the world. That means anyone with a Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold account can switch their location to Pyeongchang if they want in on some Olympic action. 

And, users in Pyeongchang are apparently “giving away right swipes like hotcakes.” Tinder says it’s seen a 348 percent increase in overall Tinder usage in the Olympic Villages, a 565 percent in right swipes, and a644 percentincrease in matches. 

In Tinder’s ranking of the top 10 countries “passporting” into the Olympic Villages, the U.S. gets the gold medal. Sweden wins the silver medal, and the UK isn’t far behind with a bronze medal. 

Top Countries Passporting into the Olympic Villages

1. USA

2. Sweden

3. UK 

4. Canada

5. Switzerland

6. Germany

7. France

8. Australia

9. Netherlands

10. Argentina

Tinder has given all its Olympic Village users free access to Tinder Gold during the games, which  allows them to match with swipers from around the world. So, those of you swiping on your fave athletes might not have to fork out for a ticket to South Korea just yet. 

Happy swiping!

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/12/winter-olympics-tinder-usage/

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