It’s a Catch: Tinder’s predatory algorithms and the lonely hearts in the crossfire

It’s a Catch: Tinder’s predatory algorithms and the lonely hearts in the crossfire

Tinder has been sparking matches since 2012, and while many of us log into the app almost daily as a part of our social media round up, how many of us really know how it works?

The past decade has seen a complete turnaround in attitudes towards online dating. Before, the sorts of eHarmony and OKCupid might have been seen as something of a last resort, but with the number of 18 to 24-year olds signed up tripling since 2013, the majority of young people now think online dating is a good way to meet people. Gone are the days of lengthy profiles and long conversations, replaced by the incredibly visual and convenient ‘Hot or Not’ format. But how much of this never-ending carousel of potential is innocent, harmless fun, and how much are the people we see, match with, and date already decided for us?

When it comes to the apps I use and interact with, I am guilty of not thinking too much about what’s going on in the background, but when it comes to something as important as the people we are dating, maybe we should. (tovább…)

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