Tinder and Contemporary Hook-Up Culture

A few months ago, a friend of mine started telling me about an app called Tinder, which uses GPS to find single people close to you. Many have turned to this app as an alternative to the typical online dating websites, such as match.com. In a way, this app has been getting a lot of hype because it is extremely interactive and easy to use. The way it works is that you see images of people that live around you and you can either swipe right if you are interested in talking to them or left if you are not. If you and another person mutually swipe right, then you are immediately connected and can start talking to each other. You have full control of the age range that you want as options and you can also get to know the person a little bit more by clicking on their picture and being able to see a profile of the user before you swipe.

Although Tinder has been dying down within the circle of people I know who used to use it, I thought to look back and discuss it purpose and the influence that it has had on culture. What I wanted to focus on when selecting this topic specifically was the way that this app has helped define a new hook-up culture, why it has been successful and the results of its emergence.

On one side, this app is extremely attractive to those that are not able to meet people easily. Some people actually have no time to go out and meet people because they are too busy to do so. This app is definitely beneficial to those that can’t find the time to meet new people. Recently there has been news about how certain participants in the Olympics have been using Tinder. 

This app, however, is a subset of and can be considered a tool of the current hook-up culture that we live in. In which girls and guys just use it to meet once, do whatever they want with each other, and never talk to each other again. Tinder has definitely gotten a reputation of being a tool that is used to “get laid,” as opposed to finding love.

College Humor posted a short on their website called “Tinderella: A Modern Fairy Tale.” This cartoon featured a female character who is looking for love and resorts to Tinder. She ends up going on a date with a guy that she has been talking to and they end up sleeping with each other. The video ends with a one-night stand, in which Tinderella leaves after the hook-up. This video serves to show the attitude that popular culture has on an app like Tinder.



If you are someone who would like to use Tinder be prepared that you may encounter people who have different intentions than you do. Always remember to be safe! Meeting people online can definitely be risky. In my opinion, this app is extremely shallow and I would not personally use it while having any high expectations or even at all. 

It is interesting to see technology’s role in contemporary dating culture. Definitely makes me want to live in a different time period. 

Here is a list of Red Flags put together by Time Magazine on online dating:



Irvine, C. (2014, February 13). ‘tinder in the olympic village is next level’: Gold medal-winning snowboarder jamie anderson claims dating app is full of athletes in sochi read more. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2558358/Tinder-Olympic-village-level-Gold-medal-winning-snowboarder-Jamie-Anderson-claims-dating-app-athletes-Sochi.html

Shorts / tinderella: A modern fairy tale. (2014, January 20). Retrieved from http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6948903/tinderella-a-modern-fairy-tale



One thought on “Tinder and Contemporary Hook-Up Culture

  1. I don’t think a lot of people are necessarily using Tinder to find someone to marry-it’s fun and light-hearted, and dismissing it as shallow is a little harsh in my opinion. If both parties are interested in hooking up, they shouldn’t be looked down on for that.


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