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Tinder: What’s all the fuss about, anyway?


By Amelia Eck – Collegiate Staff

Amelia EckTinder is the new “shiny toy” app that has swept the attention of countless men and women around the globe.

The concept of swiping one direction or another based on how you think a person looks sounds degrading, and it is. I will not beat around the bush; I, too, had Tinder at one point. I ended up deleting it after about a month because what I experienced was displeasing.

If a person swipes right on someone they think is worthy, and that same person swipes right back, it’s a match.

That simply means that the duo may begin chatting. Chatting can lead to meeting up or potentially, a relationship.

A couple of my friends have actually met their significant others on Tinder. At first, it starts as a fun way to see prospective men or women in the area. It is instantly gratifying to a person’s esteem when they receive news that someone thinks they are attractive. After experiencing this app and seeing what it truly entails, I believe that a lot of users have changed their mind, as I have.

I understand the idea of Tinder. It is supposed to help people meet their “true love” without the awkward face-to-face interaction that the rest of us are used to. However, the reality is that not all Tinder users want to find true love. Often times, people’s biographies (a profile under the person’s picture that says a thing or two about them) blatantly state, “Swipe left if you have a child,” or “I’m not looking for a long relationship…I just want someone who will hook up.”

There are stories about people who have matched meeting up, and the person they thought they were meeting looks nothing like the person they actually met. I think situations like that raise a cause for concern for dangerous predators that could be using this site for alarming reasons.

Elements like that are what makes Tinder a distasteful social media site. For me, as a teen, I am shocked that it has reached the pinnacle that it has. Our generation will be losing some crucial, embarrassing social interactions that most teenagers should have to endure when meeting potential boyfriends or girlfriends.

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