Humans have been social creatures since the beginning of time and whether we consider ourselves introverts or extroverts, we all need to be social in some way. Throughout college I have noticed the increased amount of social opportunities now that we live with our friends. I have especially noticed a common theme of companionship. Everyone is looking for someone whether it is a romantic interest or just a friend. This is why I am not surprised by the amount of people using apps like Tinder to look for potential friends, lovers and one-night stands.
Tinder is an app meant to aid in meeting new people around one’s area. It shows pictures of people also looking to meet new people. The way it works is you swipe their picture to the left if you are not interested or to the right if you are interested. In addition you can see more of their photos and a short biography about the person by tapping their photo if you are unsure of whether or not you like them. The bio can make up for the looks of the person to make this app a little less superficial. If the person also swipes you to the right then it comes up as a match.
Currently Tinder is matching 10 million people a day of the 750 million swipes that occur on this app. Once you have a match there are two options, either to send a message and start chatting or to keep playing. I find it interesting that it says, “keep playing” because that insinuates that this is a game and not necessarily a way to really meet these people. It is certainly a reason to question whether or not it is actually safe to go beyond the chat room and actually meet some of these people in person.
Many people automatically question the safety of an app like this because you don’t know the people you are meeting especially if you want to meet them in person. As a way to help fight this, Tinder is only available to join though a Facebook account. This assumes that people are really themselves and are not cat-fishing. People do have the option of blocking people and deleting their account if necessary both of which are not reversible.
In the end we need to go into this with the same mentality as other social media networks and maybe not take this app too seriously. Although one needs a Facebook to access this app we should remember that predators have Facebook accounts too.
Kapko, Matt. (2014, Febuary 28). Dating App Tops 10M Matches a Day, UsersSwiping Like Crazy. Retrieved from http://www.cio.com/article/748987/Dating_App_Tinder_Tops_10M_Matches_a_Day_Users_Swiping_Like_Crazy