Tinder: The New Dating App for College Students I Find Incredibly Creepy.
Step foot on any college campus and the name “Tinder” is bound to creep up–emphasis on “creep,” because the iOS app does nothing but make me feel uncomfortable.
To put it simply, Tinder focuses on one question: Hot or not? The dating app anonymously matches users with people within a 50 mile radius of them, and gives them the option of pressing a red X (Not interested! Sorry, I’m not sorry.) or a green heart (Smokeshow! Like me?!). If both people express interest, Tinder notifies them and they’re allowed to start building a budding mobile romance.
Now, users login through Facebook, so Tinder can generate an account consisting of a profile picture, age and location, as well as allow people to see if they share any mutual friends or interests with other users.
Sounds way less creepy than, say, Match com or OKCupid, right?
Well, I just downloaded the app and have been yaying or naying people for a solid 30 minutes–all in the name of journalistic research, of course. What I realized, however, is that my own profile is flawed.
It says I’m 12. Yes, 12 years old.
Somehow, my birthday on Facebook–which I correctly entered in (8/9/89, for anyone wondering. Feel free to buy presents.)–didn’t sync with the app, meaning I’m now a 12-year-old 23 year old. How alarming is that? How can I trust anyone else’s age when my own has timewarped me back to the eighth grade?