If you’ve been single at any point in the last few years, chances are that you’ve tried Tinder. You can deny it all you want but we all know how much self-control your needy ego has at 11.43pm on a Thursday night in the middle of winter, your denials are meaningless here.
In fact, the usage of online dating apps is so widely accepted that they are now taking on secondary and tertiary functions socially (that’s assuming that your primary purpose is actually dating though so #optimism). What am I talking about? The place that Tinder screenshots go to die: Tindernightmares.
With over 1.9 million followers on Instagram, the market for “Unspirational” chats between you and your would-be lovers are an anonymous, shaming platform for comedic purposes. More and more on Instagram and Twitter, shutting down unsavoury pick-ups and posting them online for your friends to revel in is a recognizable trend. But does this not glorify and perpetuate both sides of the interaction
Let me state categorically that there’s really no excuse for being a jerk – online as in the real world. If you make someone uncomfortable or feel offended in any context you need to reassess your methods. That being said, Tinder is definitely an environment where people feel no compunction about swerving way out of their lanes.