Various researches have revealed how users find the latest addition to the real world dating extension app – Tinder. Tinder is a smartphone app that allows users to swipe left or right on profiles of nearby people ‘offered’ to them by the app, similar to its homosexual counterpart app Grindr. And while Tinder undoubtedly has met criticisms along the way, it has risen to become one of the most extensively used dating apps since its launch in 2012.
However, while we know that dating apps such as Tinder do much to bridge the distance and time gap of real-world dating, you’ll be surprised that they do more than just that.
- Satisfies some psychological and social needs
Similar to Facebook, Twitter, or any social networking site, Tinder allows us to skim through a variation of profiles, but not without offering our own profile for public scrutiny. And once two people swipe right on each other, they can start conversing. This enables an easy exchange, regardless of how impersonal or sexual it may be and allows us to maximize our potential for dating. It also allows people to learn about others’ interests and personalities, but also allows them to learn of what people think of ours’.
- Opens an avenue for dating without the romance
An era of such impersonal dating practices gives people leeway to judge their liking of a person based solely on somewhat superficial aspects such as their physical appearance or their best instagram posts. One of the most common criticisms of the app is that it pedals this kind of shallow judgment among men and women which ultimately lead to putting more sensitive and romantic users at significant risk of dating fails.
- Puts users in significant risk of love life blunders
As an example, a research published on Indepent.co.uk talked about male Tinder users feeling entitled to ‘use’ women who are less attractive than they expected in any way they like. This sense of entitlement is rooted in feeling like there was a ‘breach of trust’ between the man and his match who they find to be less attractive in person as depicted on their Tinder profile. Senior lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr. Jenny van Hooff said: “Some of our respondents felt that this breaking of trust was a license to use their date as they saw fit, thereby speeding up intimacy and undermining it at the same time.”
As people say, “When sex became easier to get, love became harder to find.” And Tinder allows users to do just that, since hooking up has become the primary goal of going on the app.
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