Since its launch in 2013, Tinder is now one of the more commonly used mobile relationship applications (apps) globally (Lapowsky, 2014). Fifty million folks are projected to utilize Tinder across 196 nations and also the software is very popular among teenagers (Yi, 2015). Because of its huge popularity, Tinder has drawn great news attention (Newall, 2015), concentrating on not just TinderвЂ™s features, but also debates about its invest culture (Dating NZ, n.d.). Tinder is touted as easy and quick to make use of, supplying an enjoyable and entertaining type of interaction, along with an responsibility platform that is free fulfill brand new individuals (Newall, 2015). Many success tales have also reported, where folks have discovered the вЂlove of these lifeвЂ™ via Tinder (Scribner, 2014).
The app is also depicted as promoting superficiality (by only focusing on physical appearance), being a вЂhook up appвЂ™ that fosters promiscuity (Dating NZ, n.d.), and increasing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (Cohen, 2015) alongside these positive depictions. Its usage sometimes appears as especially dangerous for heterosexual ladies, causing reports to be raped (Hume, 2015; Hodges, 2015), being drugged and gang raped (Leask, 2014), and also death (Vine & Prendeville, 2014). Tinder is usually portrayed being a risky software that heterosexual females should treat with care or avoid completely (De Peak, 2014), as opposed to centering on those things associated with the males who perpetrated such acts or fostering a wider conversation concerning the high rates of physical physical violence against ladies. (more…)