Swiping right isn’t right

Evolving social media dating is objectifying users

By Dylan Randolph, Editor-in-Chief

A woman's hands are shown holding a phone with a dating app open.

As the age of dating technology evolves, human decency diminishes. (Photo by Atticus Laird, Photo Editor)

Dating as the world knows it today has completely changed from what it used to be. Back before technology ruled the world, individuals would have to put effort into trying to date one another whether it was going out to bars or nightclubs, having a friend help out or just running into someone beautiful on the street. However, ever since the cellphone has taken control of people’s lives dating has taken a turn for the worst. Social media apps such as Tinder, Hot or Not and Zoosk have turned the population into judgmental schmucks who base their opinions of people strictly on looks without giving anyone a chance to find happiness with someone else.

According to expandedramblings.com since Tinder’s launch in September 2012, over 50 million users have signed up to be a part of the experience. For those who are unaware of how applications such as Tinder and Hot or Not work, users have the ability to upload pictures of themselves and add a brief description about their lives and interests. From there, they will be routed to a part of the app where they can either swipe left if they do not like the person, or swipe right on their phone if they think the person is attractive. In a world where people are extremely sensitive about being “objectified” by the opposite sex, people would think that these apps would not exist because of the outrage. However, these apps only seem to grow in popularity because people have started to use them for other means.

Ever since the creation of these dating apps individuals have started to use them more as a hookup tool more than a dating tool. CNN.com stated that in 2015 over 1.5 million cases of Chlamydia were reported as well as syphilis rising by 19 percent. Although it is not necessarily a cause and effect relationship with dating apps, there seems to be a correlation due to the popularity of these apps rising while STD rates also on the rise. Anyone who uses these apps would be naive to think that they won’t be asked for nude photographs of themselves or meaningless sex from another user. If that is what users are looking for, then fine by all means they can subject themselves to it, but there are other, more meaningful ways to find a date.

The fact that people use these apps is quite pathetic in my opinion. I am not saying that looks do not matter in relationships. In fact, according to Biology the only reason we are attracted to someone is because of the way that they look. However, should that be what people solely base their decisions on? Instead of swiping left or right, try having a conversation with someone and get to know him or her before making a final judgment.