Part of the Tinder charm is its simplicity – swipe right if you're interested, and left if you're not – but that simplicity can be a double-edged sword, resulting in superficial matches.
Another explanation for the app's popularity might be due to the fact that it's free; college students are already bogged down with student loan debt, so much so, that the crushing weight of monthly loan payments come before finding love (or something like it).
Fortunately, many online dating services have made the process of finding a date easy.
Without support from fellow students (and, often, dismissed by the other professors in the department), many of these once-promising grad students wind up out of the discipline entirely.
Furthermore, unlike Tinder, users can filter searches – from class year to gender to even college major.
Coffee Meets Bagel is built on the idea of everyone's favorite quick date idea: grabbing a coffee.
This is not just icky—it is highly damaging to the profession.
For despite the handful of happy families that result from professor/grad student couplings, the practice has an overwhelmingly deleterious effect on the academic community.