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Tinder is just creepy

2014-10-02T07:53:53+00:00

I was reading about a lawsuit among the founders of Tinder, a popular dating app, and how it was settled out of court and the offender left the company. It was also interesting to read the mythology that Tinder had constructed about its origins – in fact, it was not an independent startup as it claimed, but was a project funded and directed by InterActiveCorp, the Internet company behind Ask.com and About.com.

I also read up on how Tinder works (not to drive traffic to Democrat propaganda outlet Vox, but it’s convenient in this case. Die, Vox). Tinder accesses your Facebook account and looks you up on GPS, and then identifies other Facebook users who are within the parameters you specify (such as gender, age, and physical proximity). It presents their pictures to you, and yours to them. You press “Heart” to like their picture, or “X” to dismiss them, and meanwhile on their devices, they are doing the same. If you “heart” someone and they “heart” you back, it opens a chat window for you to communicate.

It sounds horrible. It reduces a person to a two-dimensional photograph. You don’t know anything about them other than how they supposedly look. And it invites you to make contact based on that. This means you will waste an enormous amount of time chatting with people whom you will dislike when you meet them. Just like other dating apps and sites.

Fans of Tinder argue that looks are how people decide whether they want to meet, anyway, so why not make it easier through the Internet. I disagree. I don’t look at people’s appearance so much as sense their aura. It’s nice if their bodies are reasonably pleasant to look at, based on the local natives’ standards. But their aura has to be comfortable to be around. It has to be smooth. or at least not jaggedly spiky, and in the yellow-orange range. Most people’s auras are uncomfortable to me, because they’re of a different species. They’re usually spiky and grayish or in the blue-black range. Not very pleasant to be around. I deal with them because it’s my job to be here at this time. But it’s wearing, I can tell you.

I believe most humans sense auras also, just in a less-defined way. They call it a “vibe.” Regardless, they often know when a person is unsuitable for them when they meet, in the first millisecond.

Like all Internet dating apps, Tinder is rendered useless because it can’t tell you a person’s aura. You have to meet them, and realize that they’re not for you. It makes it easier to meet people, yes, but it doesn’t make it easier to meet the “right” one.

It just gives you more chaff to sort through, searching for the few usable kernels of wheat.

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