New York, September 19 (EFE) .- Tinder celebrates a decade in which it revolutionized the world of dating by turning the search for a partner into a kind of “game” where users find suitors by sliding their finger to the right, if you like someone, or On the left, go to the next profile.
“Tinder opened the door to other types of similar apps based on GPS, but it also created dating apps that weren’t structured to adopt that sliding structure in their apps,” said Shantel Buggs, professor of sociology at Florida State. university
As reported by the dating application in an email to Efe, Tinder has 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 type of “like/dislike”) exceeded four billion in a single day.
Tinder: Decades of a “game” that entertains
The expert highlighted that sliding from one side to the other not only makes the application easier to use, but turns it into a kind of game or entertainment.
Aldi, a 20-something based in New York, who didn’t want to give his last name, notes that he often uses the app as if he’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 phone game where you have to match candies of the same color.
His friend Pilar, 22, says he sometimes uses Tinder as a game between his friends: for example, you have to drink whenever a person’s fishing picture comes up or when someone in the group finds a “match” (connection) between two users. where it allows starting a conversation).
Both have apps on their mobiles, though they don’t use it every day, and say they don’t know a reality where a swipe from one side isn’t an option to find a partner.
“We grew up with Tinder, even before we had Tinder we used Yellow, which was a Tinder for high school students. 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 are Generation Z (between the ages of 18 and 25).
Harassment on Tinder
Buggs explained that during his study of the app, many of those he interviewed told him they were no longer interested in using the platform because of the harassment they faced.
Aldi said she received several inappropriate messages on Tinder. “Because of the way I dress, a lot of people 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 dominant, but I’m also wondering 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 the messages he gets are completely different, and users open up the conversation to how beautiful he is or to meet for a picnic.
Last year Tinder introduced features: “Are you sure?” and “Is it bothering you?” To reduce in-app bullying.
Written by Sarah Yanez-Richards
Edited by Rocio Casas