Where do we draw the line between cyber relationships and real relationships?
As early as 2005, the Miriam Webster Dictionary has included the word app: n. [short for application] A computer application.
What began as a computer app soon evolved into apps for mobile and smartphones and now — with an overwhelming number of choices in the App Store and Google Play — the average, tech-savvy smartphone user has 41 apps, according to Nielsen Wire.
But have apps gone overboard?
If you are anything like the 20-somethings of today, you are well aware of the people you can meet on social media.
“I friended him the other day,” is something we hear often, and the words “mutual friends” have suddenly become synonymous with “virtual acquaintances.”
But where, as a tech-savvy society, do we draw the line between virtual acquaintances and real, live friends?
Developers at InterActiveCorp have tested just this. IAC, which stands behind brands such as Vimeo, Match.com and CollegeHumor, has recently put out a mobile app, Tinder.
Tinder is the answer to the simple, age old question: hot or not?
Users sign into Tinder using their Facebook accounts, although no information is shown on your Timeline. The app simply gathers information such as friends and “likes” from your page.
Based on this information, Tinder gathers photos of people in your area, who are about your age or who you may know.
Once a photo of the person appears, users can anonymously “like” or “skip.” If you like the person and, in return, the person likes you back, a match is made. Once a match is made, Tinder allows the two users to talk within the app and exchange any other information.
But with Tinder, have we, as a generation, gone overboard? Is it as simple a mutual “like” between strangers that begins a relationship?
How do we trust that the person on the other end of the smartphone is providing honest information?
In today’s generation is it possible to not only travel cyberspace but to create a cyber personality?
To what extent do these apps infringe on the privacy of individuals?
As a society where virtually every aspect of life is accessible through the touch of a finger, are we simply “liking” or “skipping” through it just as we do on Tinder?
Have you tried Tinder? What are your thoughts on the app?
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