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20 NOVEMBER 2014

Tinder: becoming a commodity through consumption practices

"While most people know about online dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony, a new app called Tinder is proving to be popular with younger users. Tinder takes a users Facebook profile and connects them with other users in their area. From there, it takes both people to like each other (or swipe right), to become a match and start talking. ...

'Our research continually shows that in fact, many college aged woman are having sex to get the relationships, whereas guys are having sex to get the sex,' Dr. Liahna Gordon said. In that way, Dr. Gordon argues, Tinder, with what many see as a hookup app, favors the motivations of men. ...

Gordon is concerned about Tinder being another way to commodify humans. 'It's like shopping! I'm going to try this one on, oh don't like that one,' Gordon said. 'It's a continual supply and that there's always more. That provides a lot of excitement in some lives that where people aren't so content with their lives.' At least for now, it seems young people will continue to shop."

(Brian Johnson and Debbie Cobb, 14 February 2014, Action News Now)

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Gaby Rock
27 JULY 2009

Before online dating there was video dating...

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1980sbachelor • blast from the past • blind date • cringeworthy • cultural normsdating • dating video • depictions of mendisclosuregender stereotypesidentity performanceimpression managementmatchmakingmeeting peopleonline datingpersonal identitypersonal informationprofile imageretro cheesinessromantic relationshipsself-advocacyself-consciousself-disclosure • self-image • self-perception • self-promotion • video dating • video mate • wishes and needs

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Simon Perkins
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