As part of my research for my Tinder essay I decided to use the database Nexis to look through some newspaper articles on the topic of dating in the networked society. I thought this would be a valuable task as the networked society is obviously a new and ever changing area and so I am finding it hard to find academic, published books on the topic.
1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3442479/Young-adults-swipe-right-Tinder-just-game.html By: Associated Press Published: 11 Feb 2016
Through Nexis I found this article by the Daily Mail. It talks about the different ways in which young people are re-purposing Tinder and using it for travel advice, meeting friends and quick hook-ups. ‘It’s turned into a game,’ said Tim Smith, a 21-year-old student from Hampstead, Maryland. I thought it was interesting to look into how my generation is hacking new technology and dating apps to make them useful and relevant to us as in my own experience, very few young people actually use dating apps such as Tinder for their intended purpose.
2. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/23/dance-halls-were-the-tinder-of-their-day By: Ian Jack Published: 23 Jan 2016
The article opens by discussing how the figures surrounding dating apps are often contradictory and unreliable which is something I feel is worth noting for my essay. The piece is largely anecdotal and discusses how the dismissive algorithm of the app is cut throat but as we are not made aware of our rejection it is somewhat painless unlike rejection in person which we may carry with us for life. For this reason the author puts forward that this is much of the reason for the success of the app. Although I found the article interesting to read I don’t feel it will be useful for my essay as it is written with quite a personal bias from the author who does not personally use the app, and I am looking for more facts-based pieces to reference in my essays.
3. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/tinder-makes-users-less-likely-to-commit-to-relationships-experts-warn-a6807731.html By: May Bulman Published: 12 Jan 2016
The piece by the Independent argues that Tinder makes users less likely to commit to relationships. The article has a couple of interesting quotes which I may reference when it comes to writing my essay:
It makes reference to the consumerist nature of modern dating apps quoting dating scholar Zoe Strimpol as saying “When you buy something, it’s novel and when you’re done with it you dispose of it,” she said. “There’s been widespread concern that web apps like Tinder have fostered that exact kind of disposability.”
Charly Lester, who runs the UK dating awards, believes that users are beginning to recognise this. “People are getting more selective again,” she said. “Tinder has given people a broad range of choices and now people are trying to pare back those choices with more niche dating apps.”