Tinder

The future of online dating, but even more specifically, online speed dating is here. According to it’s description in the app store, “Tinder finds out who likes you nearby and connects you with them if you’re also interested. It’s the new way to meet people around you.”

This app however, seems to be more geared toward casual hook ups and sex as comfirmed by this article “…simultaneously more geared towards sex and less sleazy than any rival offering…” It is advertised as a way to meet new people and not just connect with the people that you already know.

Maybe there are some positive feminist implications here. It evens the playing field so that women can also participate in casual hook ups to the extent that they desire without feeling any kind of coercion, social pressure or manipulation. It is simple and consensual.

One raised concern is the way an app like this can cause our generation to become even shallower than we may already be in this day and age. It feeds the urge that many young people have today for instant sexual gratification. Will this possibly jeopardize our future ability to be intimate if we are judging simply by a person’s Facebook photos? (If that movie, The Social Network is true, then it kind of reminds me of how Mark Zuckerberg initially began his career: creating a website that compares female undergrads at Harvard to farm animals.)

Using it is simple: “After signing up and setting up gender, location and sexual orientation, users swipe through profile pictures, tapping a green heart when they like what they see and pressing a red “x” when they don’t. Any time a user “likes” a member who has also liked him or her back, the application declares a match and introduces the two in a private chat room where they can warm each other up, exchange info and arrange to meet.”

This app is sophisticated in how it gathers the basic information of the users and analyzes their social graph to potential match candidates that are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends and common interests.

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