Global Thermonuclear War has nothing on Tinder.
In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. After all, it’s still cuffing season.
The swipe is about as casual a gesture as it gets.
On Tinder, Bumble and every copycat dating app, choices are made in the blink of an eye. You’re not making definitive decisions about this stream full of faces; it’s more a question “could this person be hot if we match, if they have something interesting to say, if they’re not a creep and we’re a few drinks in?”
You feel so far removed from the process of dating at this stage, let alone a relationship, that swiping is simply a game. (Indeed, the makers of the mobile medieval royalty RPG Reigns intended its simple left-right controls as a Tinder homage.) You’re like Matthew Broderick at the start of the 1983 movie War Games — enamored with technology’s possibilities, gleefully playing around.
When you swipe, the future of the human race is quite literally at your fingertips.