Over 600,000 fans made the journey to witness this year’s World Cup, but many of them seem to have other motivations for vacationing in Brazil. Since the international soccer completion began, the online dating app Tinder has seen an incredible spike in downloads.
Tinder allows users to scan singles in their area and to chat with their matches. Apparently, many World Cup attendees have been scoring matches.
Even prior to the World Cup, Brazil had the highest number of Tinder users after the U.S. and Britain. Now, users in Brazil are spending up to 50 percent more time on the app. (RELATED: Celebrate The World Cup By Admiring These Brazilian Hotties [SLIDESHOW])
Cheap data plans are also encouraging Brazil’s visitors to use their smartphones to explore relationships on Tinder.
Francisco Garcia, a 23-year-old Chilean, told USA TODAY that he is happy to meet any women, Brazilian or foreign: “All kinds of gringas, for friendship. It can also be for my romantic life.”
The World Cup may encourage national pride, but on Tinder, soccer fans are reminded of the value of globalism.