New York, September 19 (EFE).- Tinder is celebrating a decade in which it revolutionized the dating world by turning the search for a partner into a kind of “game” in which users find suitors by dragging their finger to the right, if you like someone, or to the left, to go to the next profile.
“Tinder opened the door to other similar types of GPS-based apps, but it also allowed dating apps that weren’t structured that way to adopt that sliding structure in their apps,” he said. said Shantel Buggs, a professor in the Florida State Department of Sociology. University.
As the dating app Efe reported in an email, Tinder had 500 million downloads throughout the decade and more than 70,000 million “matches” (connections) worldwide.
The platform also noted that swipes or “swipes” (a kind of “like/dislike”) exceeded four billion in a single day.
Tinder: a decade of a “game” that entertains
The expert points out that swiping from side to side not only makes it easier to use the app, but also turns it into a kind of game or pastime.
Aldy, a New York-based 20-something who wouldn’t give her last name, notes that she often uses the app as if she’s not looking at real people’s profiles.
“You swipe and swipe again, it’s almost like playing Candy Crush,” says the blue-haired girl, referring to the game for phones in which you have to match candies of the same color.
Her friend Pilar, 22, says she has sometimes used Tinder as a game between her friends: for example, you have to drink every time a picture of a man fishing comes out or when someone from the group gets a “match” (connection between two users in which it is allowed to start a conversation).
Both have the app on their mobile, although they don’t use it daily, and they say they haven’t experienced a reality where swiping to one side isn’t an option for find a partner.
“We grew up with Tinder, even before we had Tinder, we used Yellow, which was a Tinder for high school kids. So even though we weren’t old enough to use Tinder, we had apps where you had to swipe to find a date.”
According to Tinder, half of its members belong to Generation Z (between 18 and 25 years old).
Harassment on Tinder
Buggs explains that while studying the app, many people he interviewed told him they were no longer interested in using the platform because of the harassment they had experienced.
Aldy says he received several inappropriate messages on Tinder. “Because of the way I dress, a lot of people tend to think I’m a dominant person and the first message they send me is ‘step on me’ or ‘ruin my life’. Not only am I not a dominant, but I also wonder why they start the conversation this way. It’s really annoying and makes me want to stop using Tinder.”
For his part, Pilar, who usually uses the app to flirt with women, says that the messages that reach her are totally different and Internet users open the conversation by telling her how beautiful she is or if they meet for go for a picnic.
Last year, Tinder introduced the “Are you sure?” and “Do you mind?” to reduce harassment in the app.
Written by Sarah Yanez-Richards
Edited by Rocio Casas