Why dating apps don't ask for enough information
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With a plethora of stories claiming dating apps to be the source of stalking, abusive messages and at times even more sinister
behaviour, it's easy to be scared to swipe right.
medias, such as Instagram, where location tags are abundant, they have come under fire for requiring too much information. However, there is the other side of the argument - particularly in the case of dating apps, where it can be argued that they do not ask for enough information.
medias before agreeing to meet up. I usually only considered meeting up with those who I had mutual friends with, but I know this is somewhat of a privilege of university, where most people are generally are of the same age and at the same stage in life.
As a feminist, of course, this enrages me. Ideally, I shouldn’t have to worry so much when dating apps are designed to let you meet people. And as much as I would like to defy the negative news stories plaguing the internet, they do terrify me. If I knew that the people I used to talk to were definitely who they said they were, I would’ve felt more comfortable.
So, citing a lack of verification as the problem is a serious misdiagnosis. If anything, we need dating apps and websites to take more accountability for ensuring people are transparent on dating sites. In turn, this removes a mask that hopefully makes people less inclined to be creeps online. Maybe I’m just being idealistic, but it’s clear that it’s easy to withhold information from someone you’re about to meet, which is quite frankly terrifying.
Lead image: Santeri Viinamäki on Wikimedia Commons
Image credit: Santeri Viinamäki on Wikimedia CommonsWhen profiles are linked to other social
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