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With the new age of technology, dating life has reached new levels of meeting each other. We do not live in an age anymore where you meet somebody out of nowhere. Technology can be good and bad on society. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we evaluate one dating website where you can meet people and say anything you want: Tinder

Tinder is a dating website used through Facebook that allows members to view other profiles or members anonymously. You have the ability to swipe left to pass, or swipe right to like or “match” with another member.

It is widely used throughout the world and has over 30 different languages. According to ramblings.com, around 50 million people use Tinder monthly, there are 10 million daily active users, 1.4 billion swipes per day and more than 10 billion matches have been made, and that 54% of Tinder users are single. Over the past year, the app has become popular with increasing in members. In fact, according to affairs.com, “Top 10 Dating Sites in 2017” ranked Tinder 2nd on the list, only behind Bumble!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s no doubt that users will be in full swing attempting to find a date by the holiday. I asked a group of five friends, all males and ages from 18-20, that are users of Tinder about their usage of Tinder. All five said they go on Tinder at least once a week and three said they go on Tinder daily. Another question I asked was how often do they swipe right, or “find a match” on Tinder. Four of my friends shockingly all agreed together when one of them said “You find a match rather fast. It doesn’t take me more than 5 minutes to swipe right at least once or twice.”

My last friend that didn’t quite agree with the other four stated “it depends on the day really; some days you find what you’re looking for instantly and other days you could search until you go blind and you still won’t find someone.” This reveals the fact that people use Tinder in different ways and for different reasons. There are billions of swipes recorded daily and Tinder is the right place to start to meet a wide variety of interesting people especially when you’re looking for a dinner-date with someone this February 14th.

But as good as Tinder might seem it is, there was a catastrophic flaw discovered by two Spanish engineers, Marc Pratllusá and Oriol Martínez, in March 2016. Beatriz Guillén, from elpaís.com, the app released the exact location of all the user’s matches and their location was also updated every time a user logged in. It is also allowed blocked users to view locations! The conflict wasn’t resolved until five months later in August 2016.

There were multiple complaints about “creepy” and harassing users and even some accounts of serious stalking. Main point of the entire story is even though Tinder has a great concept of matching couples through the internet and social media, if you swipe right on the wrong person, anything can happen after that, positive or negative. If you plan on using Tinder this Valentine’s Day, be careful and fully aware of when AND where you log into your Tinder account or on the Tinder app and who you slide right on.

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