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Tinder: An age-old truth?

The 3 year old dating app which boomed to success within its first year, is the app everybody’s still talking about. “Tinder is how people meet. It’s like real life, but better”, the tagline instantly raises hairs, but sounds appealing enough for the estimated 50 million people swiping left and right every month.

After two decades of dating websites matching us through personality tests, lifetime check-lists, interests and values, a simple ‘looks come first’ alternative sounds understandably quite appealing. After collating your possible 100 answers, and knowing your religion, hair colour, and favourite movie (which is potentially a lie), dating sites will churn out your perfect partner, “You’ve got mail”.

People managed before the online dating phenomenon – they really did just meet in a bar. When this, now rare occasion happens, you aren’t greeted with a personality test of quick fire questions or have your attributes calculated into a matchable form. The way you look is where it has always begun. Tinder doesn’t suggest it will find your true love, but it’s a simplified version of taking your pick at the pub, and that may just be the ideal route to finding them. Some say it is the most superficial dating app created, but with an average of 12 million matches per day, this suggests it could be the way that works best.

Channel 4’s ‘Married at First Sight’ has attempted to make what should scientifically be a match made in heaven. After intense scientific analysis to find the highest compatibility between two people, the new reality TV show has put together 3 couples, all complete strangers, to be married. One of the couples; Jason Knowles and Kate Stewart, split three weeks after Jason was found on Tinder. Only one couple still stands – the calculations didn’t lead to perfect harmony.

You’re either on it, you’ve used it, or you’ve watched as your friend swipes through the choice on Tinder. All I question is, what’s wrong with ‘real life’?Tinder Logo