The interview below touches on the familiarity of others with Tinder. I tried to find someone that had used it in order to bring to light some of the things that Tinder has access to. Overall, I think people today have a pretty healthy understanding at the basic level what Tinder is and what it is doing. This interview supports these ideas that I had.
*see transcript of the interview at the bottom of this post after Works Cited
One important thing to remember about Tinder is that people easily lie about who they are online. The app requests basic information from users like date of birth, gender, lifestyle facts, interests, pictures, and videos. These things are easy to fake. People do this in order to be funny or to take advantage of people who are actually trying to use the app to meet people. Also, I know a lot of people that use Tinder before they are 18 and lie about their age in order to get around Tinder’s age policy. Thankfully, Tinder provides a possible safeguard against these people who lie about who they are: “We may suspend your use of all or part of the services without notice if we suspect or detect any breach of security” (Tinder). While this obviously does not stop people or catch everyone who is lying, it is still one way to prevent it.
The whole concept of someone lying online reminds me of the book chapter “The Only Reason to Do Anything: Lulz, Play, and the Mask of Trolling” and our class discussions about trolling. Although catfishing someone on Tinder is not the same thing as trolling, maybe it could be considered a lesser degree of it. Think about it: catfishers lie about who they are on the app in order to get someone interested. Then, when the person is lured in, they reveal that it was all a lie, devastating the catfishee. Catfishers thrive off the unhappiness and depression of the person they tricked, just like what online trolls do with harassing people.
Transcript for ADA Compliance:
Interviewer: I’m interviewing an 18 year old male college student. Hello!
Anonymous Interviewee: Hello.
Interviewer: Have you ever used Tinder?
Anonymous Interviewee: I have.
Interviewer: And what way have you used it?
Anonymous Interviewee: I downloaded awhile back for fun, and like spent for a couple of days I swiped for awhile and found a few matches.
Interviewer: Did you know that Tinder uses your location?
Anonymous Interviewee: I did not know that explicitly but I assumed so.
Interviewer: How do you feel that another user could request personal information about you by contacting Tinder?
Anonymous Interviewee: Um I don’t feel great about that.