This can include things like radio, television, cell phones, social media apps like Twitter or Instagram, GPS systems like the ones in your car… The possibilities are endless. Tinder is an app-based dating site, available for download in the App store. Tinder, unlike its competitors, has completely changed the dating game by making it just that: Tinder is the heterosexual version of Grindr, an app where you can meet available gay, lesbian, or bisexual people in your vicinity.
Your Facebook information is used to create your profile. Recently, Tinder also added a feature that lets you share your education and occupation in your bio - so you can see if you share common interests with potential matches.
I put myself out on Tinder as a single girl looking for a potential partner. When that happens, Tinder will let you know you have a match.
Not only that, but only your matches can speak with you over the app. I used Tinder for about 2 weeks, and in that time I can definitely say I felt the effects of its addictive qualities. In fact, Tinder has many of the same qualities of other addictive apps, like Twitter or Instagram. Its easy to view a hundred matches in one sitting, just swiping and swiping until you see something you like.
Now, I only talked with about 10 people for this assignment, but they all said that they had successful matches with the app. But how are people matched on Tinder? Would those same people ever meet in real life? The people I spoke to about their use of tinder all said the same thing: You feel more confident [online] and care less about consequences or [being respectful]. Is the gamification of our love lives turning us into socially inept, isolated creatures? Some of you listeners might still be wondering why all the fuss over a little app.
What we just heard was that the process of finding a partner, which here would be swiping through singles on Tinder, is actually more arousing for us than physically being with a partner? So it seems like the process of finding a partner has been gamefied—been turned into a game. The article from The Guardian also explains some of the other psychological effects of Tinder: Not only does Tinder provide more arousal than actual dating, it actually emulates the dating world. Like in real life, on Tinder you judge a person based on their looks.
The only difference is that on Tinder you can assess the looks of hundreds of partners, whereas in real life you are limited to two potential matches or so.
Another reason why Tinder works so well is because of the range of partners it makes available to its users. In real life, a person is confined to the area they live in, and the people they meet in this area. But on Tinder, you can search for matches that are up to miles away.
This is especially useful for those who live in isolated rural areas. Or, for people who live in dense cites, you can restrict the search to a smaller 15 mile-radius. So does Tinder hold up to its claim? It could be because this is yet another way we fuel our instant-gratification-loving culture. And what about the negative psychology of Tinder?
Is the idea of easily-accessed, in-disposable sex partners hurting men and women? And how does a lack of intimacy psychologically affect the relationships that Tinder creates? Wendy Walsh, who specializes in the psychology of love, sex and gender roles, explained why having more than the natural selection of partners available to us might not be in our best interests. She says that as homo sapiens, we used to move in groups of 35 or 40, and that in our lifespan, we would never meet more than other humans.
Compare that with today, where, because of travel advancements, we can meet many more than people in our lives. Is Tinder the best way to interact in ? It seems to have affected interactions by stopping them altogether. Body language has become "swiping. But it's easy to see the appeal. Why meet in public when you can flirt with a stranger from the comfort of your own bed?
So Tinder affects us in ways we don't even realize. By blurring the line between "love" and "game," it has become one of 's most addictive dating sites. And, while I don't mean to discourage you, users should be aware: Tinder is a totally limitless, undefined environment, like many dating sites.
It only allows for the inauthentic kind of conversation that takes place between your fingertips. Having said that, the odds are in your favour; there are over 50 million people on Tinder each month. The love of your life could be just a swipe away. Psychology of Dating in the Technosexual Era. A Psychological Perspective on Swiping.