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Research Article: "Tinder un-choosing. The six stages of mate discarding in a patriarchal technology"

Research Article: "Tinder un-choosing. The six stages of mate discarding in a patriarchal technology"

Pilar Medina-Bravo, Vítor Blanco-Fernández, Olatz Larrea and Miquel Rodrigo-Alsina publish a new paper in Feminist Media Studies. This article is part of the Mobile Intimacy research project. 

18.07.2022

 

Abstract

We analyse rejection experiences in mobile dating applications (MDA), in particular Tinder, based on the variables of gender and age. To do so, we conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with forty (40) heterosexual Tinder users (10 women aged 18–28 years, 11 women aged 40–60, 10 men aged 18–28, and 9 men aged 40–60). Results showed that rather than explicitly hostile experiences, users encounter a gamified soft-rejection technology where being not-selected or discarded (or not-selecting or discarding others) emerges as an apparently harmless element of a dating experience that is structured into six successive stages (self-classification, selection of partners, match, first conversation, progress, face-to-face). We discuss these findings, concluding that this paradigm may be new but it still mirrors traditional structures of machismo and ageism.

Keywords: rejection; gender; age; Tinder; online dating 

Link to full article: https://bit.ly/3odp5co

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