Tinder: Game or Real Life?

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.

References

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

9 thoughts on “Tinder: Game or Real Life?

  1. Although outlets like these are gaining popularity in how people meet each other, I agree with the fact that no matter the safety precautions taken by the actual app people still need to be careful because people can always make fake profiles and still not tell the truth. Meeting someone new online will always be risky and the individual just needs to take precaution.

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  2. There are definitely fake profiles and I think the genre of this app is something you brought up that I too find interesting. It is a mix between a game, a dating site and a social media network. I think that everyone looks at this app a little differently which is why it is so popular – the app is whatever you want it to be and users advertise it to themselves with their own imagination.

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  3. I could not agree more with the previous comments – the intersection of gaming, dating, and social media creates an experience that fits perfectly in our niche of technological connectivity. Whether a positive or a negative influence, a self-defining or narcissistic movement, this app is creating new ways to connect to one another and does so by challenging the status quo of online dating by making it more accessible to the younger and more tech-saturated population.

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  4. You raise an interesting point about Tinder’s use of the phrase “keep playing”. It makes me wonder how the creators themselves view this app, and to what extent it should be taken seriously.

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  5. I find Tinder terrifying, actually. Having watched one too many episode’s of MTV’s Catfish, I’ve lost faith in the credibility of internet match-making. Also, something important to note about Tinder is that it is not necessarily a “dating site” since the factors of saying “yes” to someone is based off of superficial and topical qualities, like a Facebook default.

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  6. I am not on Tinder, but I’ve read and heard quite a bit about the app. A lot of my friends use it, but not seriously. They use it as a sort of gem; something to sift through when they are bored in class. But I never knew the option what actually labeled “Keep Playing.” This is similar to Snapchat. You earn points and rank your best friends based on how many snap chats you send. Perhaps companies think we need incentives to socialize now.

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  7. I also do not have a Tinder account, but I do have friends who use it for the reason of it “being funny”, so why not? When they do get a message from someone, they “try to mess with them” or use it for other reasons than the other person in the conversation. In this case, I find it sad and only hope they do not continue the conversation. It is so prevalent that people are meeting their companions via social media. I don’t think it is fair.

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  8. I think it’s an interesting idea. More like a friendship/dating interest in real time app. It’s kind of shallow too considering it focuses mostly on a picture rather than interests, hobbies, etc first.

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  9. I was a little bothered by your own phrasing: “The bio can make up for the looks of the person to make this app a little less superficial.” Seems like you’re playing into the rules of the app itself, insinuating that personality qualities are a just-in-case addendum to someone’s physical presentation.

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