Written by Samantha Steyn You may have been a part of the recent hype regarding the supposed ‘dating app’, Tinder. If not, let us fill you in. Tinder, officially launched in 2012 within the University of Southern California, rests on the premise that most first encounters are based on whether or not the couple in question finds each other mutually attractive. For this reason, users of Tinder are represented by their Facebook profile pictures as well as any other basic information inserted. Similar to Twitter, Tinder has a character limit of 500 words with which users are tasked to describe themselves and reason why they would be a great match. Matches are based on: mutual attraction, location (identified using GPS technology), shared friends, and/or common interests. Once you have declared a match, Tinder allows you to begin chatting to each other as well as access their “Moments” photo feature. Despite the controversy surrounding it, the Tinder app has taken off by storm and was recorded having over 10 million users in April this year.
In an effort to redeem the seemingly ‘superficial’ foundation upon which the app is based, Erin Brodwin - contributor of Business Insider - had this to say: “There may be more we can determine about someone's personality based on how they look than on their answers to a set of predetermined questions like those used by [other] online dating sites”. According to Erin, the following factors should be taken into consideration when looking at a photograph, in order to determine who that person really is:
1. How they are standing
2. Who they are with
3. Where their arms are positioned
4. What their facial features are/suggest
to read more about Erin’s findings. On the contrary, David Wygant, dating and relationship coach and author for Huffington Post, made the following comment after spending just 48 hours on the Tinder app: “If I wasn't as secure a person, or I had any issues with looks or social anxiety, 48 hours on Tinder would send me over the edge. You put a picture of yourself up, and after 48 hours, nobody finds you attractive. You've lost all your looks. You no longer have it. The world [has] decided you're ugly”.
Members of Tinder spend approximately 7-9 minutes - 11 times a day - swiping through profile pictures and deciding whether to give someone a “Cross” or “Heart”, which symbolize a “no” and “yes” respectively. You can be as liberal as you like with the amount of “heart’s” you give out and still not receive any in return. This has been found to be especially true for men using Tinder. “[Women are] probably swamped by every man within a five-mile radius of them. The odds are stacked so far against guys on sites like this.” It’s not just men that struggle on the Tinder app, however, but anyone nostalgic on how the dating world used to be. One such person is David himself: “What ever happened to that amazing moment where you bump into each other in the supermarket or meet at a party, and start connecting?” According to the Huffington Post author, Tinder could work for people in their 20s because it’s “all a bit of fun and superficial”. If, however, you’re looking for a Dating Site that could end up producing some real, long-term results, then Tinder isn’t for you! Having considered adding Tinder to our list of Online Dating Sites, Compare Guru decided against it. Instead, click here to view our legit Dating Sites that are bound to bring you real love sooner rather than later!
REFERENCES: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-wygant/the-shocking-truth-about-_3_b_4967472.html