The goal isn’t to keep talking online— it’s to meet, connect, and stay in touch.
Other services, like Facebook, Jain compares to virtual reality. “Virtual reality, while it offers a tremendous new world for us to play in, is a different kind of social experience,” he says.
I settled for the least disagreeable photo I could find.
In it I’m wearing a simple black dress and smiling with two other friends.
My freshly minted Bumble profile read, “I’m writing an article about online dating for work.” I used work as an unoriginal excuse for dabbling with a dating app for the first time, but I won’t lie—I was morbidly curious.
Yet, when the first profile popped up and I had to decide which direction to swipe, my mind dissented from itself, vacillating between curiosity and repulsion. Dating apps and modern romance unsettle me, (relationships are complicated enough without technology), but I never understood why—not until I plunged into the depths of a virtual world where only single people (hopefully) reside.
Even if one were to overlook the ways that users manipulate their profiles in an effort to present their best self, there are other potential perils that come from navigating the online dating world.
The very notion of romantic encounters doesn’t immediately conjure up sitting behind a screen to find one’s beloved.
Using Pokémon Go as a dating app might even make sense.
I examine my face, a fixed oval with a glossy forehead and chin, smiling amidst a glaring flash. More importantly, how did I want to present myself?
My left-hand rests on my hip, and my right arm drapes over my friend’s shoulder. Choosing a photo for my online dating profile was more difficult than I like to admit. I felt pressure to find a “perfect” photo, but with only a second to leave an impression, no photo felt good enough.
The dating startup is announcing its second acquisition today, buying a company called Humin that specializes in figuring out the context of social connections. With this addition the company, Tinder is starting to break from the mold in which it was formed.
Humin CEO Ankur Jain, who will join Tinder as VP of product and head of special projects, says that Tinder’s longterm play is to help manage more of our social interactions. “I think tomorrow Tinder stands for meeting people in the real world, of which dating is a huge component.” In this potential future, you might open up Tinder to see if anyone at the nearby bar has common friends or hobbies, and wants to meet up.