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(Tinder took to Twitter to accuse Sales of unfair reporting.) There’s no question that some users have negative experiences on dating apps—a social media kaleidoscope of Facebook groups, Tumblrs, and Twitter threads have emerged to put some of the notoriously bad behaviour of app users on public display.
Identifying harassment, however, is complicated by the fact that many users overtly seek out sexual experiences.
The technology makes it easy to forge meaningful connections with people—and to mistreat them.
When Paul finally stopped the car, Amy refused to get out, sensing something was horribly wrong. Then, he forced himself on top of her, kissing her and pulling at her clothes.
The fact that some men treat women like sex objects is not exactly groundbreaking.
But the internet can provide a separation from reality that emboldens users to say things they would never even consider in person.
In 2009, capitalizing on smartphone geo-location settings, bisexual men connect with other men in their area.
The subsequent launch of Tinder in 2012 revolutionized the dating scene by turning romance into a game: Users rifle through the profiles of potential flames like playing cards, swiping “left” to pass on a person, or “right” to express interest.
Google “dating apps and hook-up culture” and you’ll get more than 10 million hits, including several ruminations on the abysmal state of love in the digital age.