Scott Hardie | August 26, 2018
What do you think of the "Tinder Trap" video circulating online and the idea behind it?

Erik Bates | August 26, 2018
This was the first time i'd heard of it.

I can appreciate the intent and message they are trying to convey. I didn't quite catch though - were the guys they lured in all guys who were participating in that superficial behavior, or did she just lure in anybody?

At the same time - I've never considered - nor do I know of anyone who has considered - Tinder to be a "dating" app. I have always understood it's primary purpose to be a "hookup" app. That's the whole point of the swipe left / swipe right gamifcation of it. The app encourages knee-jerk reactions based on superficial qualities. If you want a deeper connection, there are better options out there.

There are moral arguments to be made here, I'm sure. But the app isn't at fault. The app is a reflection of the users, not the other way around.

Scott Hardie | August 31, 2018
The whole stunt seemed a little sophmoric to me. Really? An app that treats people like sexual objects is dehumanizing? You don't say.

Gender dynamics are so messed up that the video would have played completely differently with the roles reversed.

I have heard of people dating with Tinder, both unexpectedly and intentionally. It's certainly far more rare than the app's intended purpose.

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