The internet has not only changed the way we do business, it has also changed how we date as well. Tinder is one of the more popular dating apps and has allowed many millions of people to meet who otherwise may have never been aware of each other.
However, there have been many questions raised about the moral implications that Tinder may help facilitate, leading to people questioning about whether this app is appropriate and is not being abused for purposes of simple casual sex.
What is Tinder?
First released in September, 2012, Tinder is a social app that is primarily used for meeting new people. It works by finding out who you like and connecting you with that person if they like you. Although primarily a dating app, Tinder is also used for making new friends who share a common interest and networking as well.
How Does Tinder Work?
Essentially, Tinder gathers up information based on Facebook profiles, analyzes a user’s social graph to match potential people who are most likely to be compatible. One advantage that Tinder has is that it also uses geographic location found in Facebook to get people together who are near each other. A person will see a list of nearby people hits “like” to indicate an interest in communicating with them. Only when the other person “likes” them as well will the app allow for them to chat.
Because of the “like” function, a user is not overwhelmed with messages or approached by those that they have not “liked” in the first place. Tinder does not reveal or post your activities in the app on Facebook or reveal your matches or interactions as well.
However, it must be noted that Tinder has undergone some controversy in revealing too much personal information and on rare occasions, actually reveal the physical location of a person. These are more technical issues with Tinder that are quite rare and can be fully controlled simply by limiting the information placed on Facebook.
The Issues with Tinder
On the surface, Tinder seems fairly straightforward in application and seemingly solves one of the biggest problems when it comes to meeting new people. However, while the original purpose of Tinder is not being questioned, how it is being used has raised some moral implications which people today are addressing.
It is the intention of the user that dictates the morality of how Tinder is being applied. The implications of casual sex have risen dramatically given the very nature of Tinder. The ability to meet new people on a regular basis simply to have sex has generated alarm bells with many who feel that Tinder is one app that goes too far.
However, Tinder is often used to find new friends or make networking connections that are not sexual in nature, which means that the moral issues lie within the person, not the app. Unfortunately, Tinder can also lead to a great deal of misunderstandings if one person has intentions that the other does not share.