TOPIC: Tinder’s darkside, advocating a ban

TOPIC: Tinder’s darkside, advocating a ban

Thesis statement:

Government should ban Tinder dating application and incorporate more stringent privacy laws and policies to foster trust among people because of the Tinder application’s potential risks, including data privacy concerns, user safety and negative societal impacts which outweigh its benefits of promoting personal freedom and social connectivity.

The Dark Side of Tinder: Advocating for a Ban

1. Introduction

1.1. Background of Tinder

1.2. Rise in Popularity and Usage

2. Ethical and Social Concerns

2.1. Objectification and Superficiality

2.2. Privacy and Data Security Risks

3. Impact on Mental Health

3.1. Addiction and Obsession

3.2. Negative Self-Esteem and Body Image

4. Exploitation and Abuse

4.1. Catfishing and Deception

4.2. Sexual Harassment and Assault

5. Legal and Regulatory Perspectives

5.1. Existing Regulations and Enforcement

6. Case Studies and Research Findings

6.1. Academic Studies on Tinder’s Effects

7. Alternatives and Solutions

7.1. Healthy Relationship Building Platforms

8. Conclusion and Call to Action

8.1. Summary of Key Points

8.2. Advocating for a Ban on Tinder

The Dark Side of Tinder: Advocating for a Ban

1. Introduction

Gone are the days of meeting one’s future romantic partner through friends, at the workplace or during college. Due to the increasing shift towards digitalization in many areas of life, finding romance is not detached from this development. Dating apps, such as Tinder, have seized upon this opportunity in providing users with the possibility to meet new people. However, recent studies show that meeting through dating apps may not always lead to a positive experience and can, in fact, significantly heighten the chance for users to become a victim of a crime. In this paper, we argue for the implementation of a ban on dating apps, as to prevent future people from becoming victims to the crimes they unknowingly expose themselves to by using them. The rest of the paper is structured as follows. We present the ground argument for our call to ban dating apps followed by the specifics of the different crimes that are more prevalent in dating apps than through other means. In the conclusion, we discuss possible future research directions and draw our final conclusions.

1.1. Background of Tinder

Tinder relies on Facebook for users to register and is interwoven with Facebook data to autofill profiles with photos. As a result of this symbiotic relationship, Tinder enjoys a prominent presence on Facebook and easy access to millions of highly targeted users through friend networks, personal interests, and individuals’ social connections. Small changes to Tinder and other apps that influence privacy protection can have significant impacts on how millions of people access online dating.

Tinder is a popular dating app – sometimes referred to as a hookup app – available on smartphones that use GPS technology to provide users with matches within close geographical proximity. A user scrolls through photos of other users and swipes right on the screen when he or she finds a photo of someone attractive and to the left when unattractive. If two parties swipe to the right, they can privately message each other through the app. Since its launch, Tinder has been remarkably successful connecting millions of individuals.

1.2. Rise in Popularity and Usage

Given Tinder’s use, influence, and general ambiguity, this article has three aims. Firstly, it seeks to define the practices of Tinder and critically assess these practices by way of moral, philosophical, and ethical dogmas. The aim is to cleave through the present self-help material and clinical research based on Tinder outcomes, instead eschewing a conversation about Tinder-worthy and unworthy practices. By exposing the ethical dimension of certain Tinder practices, this critique provides a basis for our second aim, which is to recommend a policy position strongly urging the banning of the popular application. To this end, we urge not only the academic community but civil society, governments, and those responsible for corporate governance to take immediate action to challenge and penalize the company and its practices.

As of 2020, Tinder is a behemoth in the online dating community, dominating the category with over 6 billion matches made since its founding. Drawing in over 100 million users, Tinder has become an everyday piece of technology in most mainstream countries, ridden with unmanageable, diverse, and extensive use. Tinder has become a trend that affects people from nearly all age groups. Recent research has indicated that one in four users are 20-24 years old. Meanwhile, roughly 15% of the platform’s population ages are 25-34. Other regular and older users count as only 15% and 5% respectively. These numbers really display the network effect in place here. For the most part, individuals download and engage with Tinder after familiarity of use is achieved by joining a social movement that is already large. Having made the commitment, users then engage on the platform “everyday” or “multiple times a day”. These statistics, showcasing the dominant number and age of Tinder users today, emphasize the importance of the following academic article. As far as practices go, few have been thoroughly vetted, categorized, and condemned.