Based on Buzzfeed’s article, 14 of the Most Remote and Extreme Cities Around the World, I decided to find out whether there are Tinder users in these remote places.


1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

  • Population: 450
  • Tinder: No

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2. Longyearbyen, Svalbard

  • Population: 2,075 (2013)
  • Tinder = Yes, about 40 or 3.6% of total female population (based on the world’s average female to male ratio of 1.07)

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3. Adak, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 326
  • Tinder: No

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4. Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

  • Population: 50
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 3.7% of total female population

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5. Hanga Roa, Easter Island

  • Population: 3,300
  • Tinder: Yes, 17 or 0.96% of total female population

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6. Supai, Arizona, USA

  • Population: 208
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 0.90% of total female population

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7. Oymyakon, Russia

  • Population: 500
  • Tinder: No

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8. La Rinconada, Peru

  • Population: 50,000
  • Tinder: Yes, 20 or 0.07% of total female population

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9. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha

  • Population: 268
  • Tinder: No

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10. Barrow, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 4,500
  • Tinder: Yes, 8 or 0.33% of total female population

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But then this happened...


In the end, it is difficult to determine how many real Tinder users there are in these remote locations. While I'm not entirely certain on why spammers decided to place these bots in such inconspicuous places, I speculate that they were virtually seeded on random basis in each territory using geo targeting.

In the end, one thing seems to be certain. That is Tinder has created a world where physical reality and hyper reality can exist simultaneously. In this world, its citizens are made up of humans, bots and somewhere in between who/that are indistinguishable from one another.