There are roughly 3.4 million women in the San Francisco Bay area, and Sebastian Stadil has swiped right on 203,000 of them.
A piece of software he built to swipe and message for him has approached roughly 6 percent of San Francisco’s total female population. And yet, despite all those messages, all those swipes, all those carefully plotted lines of code, Stadil has nothing to show for it.
Stadil had just gotten out of a serious relationship when he joined the site, and he joined to find his next serious girlfriend. But when he looked at his low match rates — the average guy’s is just .6 percent — he despaired that no amount of manual swiping would generate enough matches to really find anyone.
So, last summer, he built an application to automate the process: