Rules are the sticky glue that holds the popsicle stick boards of a working society or an elementary school engineering project together. I’m sure Hobbes or Hegel once said that. We probably need laws to stem the mighty waves of universal chaos. At least Tinder thinks so.
The dating app is on the rise new community guidelinesStarting today, behaviors that were previously allowed (and in some cases performed) will be blocked and restricted. rampant) on the platform. Social media handles, business promotionSex work, couple profiles and posting private chats on public forums are officially against the rules under Tinder’s newly updated policy.
If you post a social media name or link in your bio, it will be removed from Tinder. Instead of poly couples posting together, Tinder says it needs separate bios and encourages users to use the “Relationship Types” profile feature to state their preferences. Users cannot post private messages or pictures of others on their profile or anywhere else (without consent). No fundraisers, campaigns or “remunerated relationships” are allowed. “Don’t use Tinder to find your candy mommy,” the new rules read.
To assist in enforcement, the Company encourages users to report accounts engaged in any of the inappropriate activities listed above. From there, Tinder can issue warnings or remove an account, depending on the severity of the violation. “We reserve the right to investigate and/or terminate accounts, without refunding any purchases, if we determine that you have misused the service or engaged in any conduct that Tinder considers inappropriate, illegal, or contrary to our community.” -Guidelines,” says the app of his policy.
“The updated Community Guidelines are part of Tinder’s ongoing effort to make the app a fun and safe place to meet new people,” the company wrote a press release about the changes. By refocusing the dating app away from unintended purposes like gaining Instagram followers, promoting an Only Fans account, or finding a third party for your stale relationship, Tinder is seemingly trying to become a virtual place for real human connections .
Since the app launched in 2012, Tinder has gone through the vicious circle that defines modern dating and emerged on the other side as some kind of hackneyed joke. Amidst the deluge of other digital dating and dating tools like the more curated Hinge, the heteronormative Bumble, the no-nonsense Grindr grid, and the profile-heavy OkCupid, etc., Tinder seems to have slipped into a cultural niche that succinctly boils down to “a messy App for people who aren’t looking for anything too serious.” But the company is trying to challenge that assumption and change public perception, and says it wants to help the youth.
“The majority of Tinder members are between the ages of 18 and 25, and Tinder is often their first dating experience. To guide these younger dating partners as they begin their dating journey, Tinder uses this policy update to remind and educate members about healthy dating habits—both online and in real life,” said Ehren Schlue, a company executive, in the prepared statement.
Couple posts (e.g. unicorn hunters) are a notorious plague for women looking for women on the platform. financial fraud abound on the app. Smaller influencers looking to rise on social media are likely to pop up with every swipe. Many Tinder freaks have been exposed in viral online posts. So on paper, all of the new rules appear to be decent and welcome adjustments. But it’s also a bit sad to imagine something original wild West of dating apps curbed.
Tinder has never been a beacon of “healthy dating habits”. Surely people can make long-term connections there (full disclosure: this author included). But that always seemed like an accidental miracle rather than the norm. Tinder states that around 40% of its users aim for a long-term relationship. But how does that fit together? 60% who are there for something else? What about those the app is intended for? The Destination, not part of a journey? The app-based haven offers sanctuary for those looking for a good time (or a place to spice up their travel insta/sound).cloud mixtape) and not for a long time?