Virtual bar dating
Even if one were to overlook the ways that users manipulate their profiles in an effort to present their best self, there are other potential perils that come from navigating the online dating world.
The very notion of romantic encounters doesn’t immediately conjure up sitting behind a screen to find one’s beloved.
Jain does say, however, that Tinder will adapt to whatever hardware platform is popular and helpful for users.
Tinder is succeeding by applying this augmented reality strategy to dating, but this shift means they see a wider audience on the horizon. You can’t meet every single person, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing people that you would want to meet if you could.” Jain says.
The Nintendo smartphone game has only been around for a couple weeks, yet it already has more daily users than Twitter, and players spend more time with it than they do on Facebook.
It likely comes as no surprise for those of you who have sailed the online dating waters that one study found that 80% of online daters lie about their height, weight, or age on their profiles, in addition to other details about their lifestyle, jobs, salaries, etc. This begs the questions of how much of our online profiles are projections of our ideal selves, versus accurate reflections of who we are right now.Online dating has apparently become the second most popular way that adults are coupling up today (Searles, 2012).Gone are the days of yore when chance encounters in our everyday lives brought the potential for romance or love, or when it took weeks, or even months, to find out intimate details of a potential mate’s history and life. The dating startup is announcing its second acquisition today, buying a company called Humin that specializes in figuring out the context of social connections. With this addition the company, Tinder is starting to break from the mold in which it was formed.Humin CEO Ankur Jain, who will join Tinder as VP of product and head of special projects, says that Tinder’s longterm play is to help manage more of our social interactions. “I think tomorrow Tinder stands for meeting people in the real world, of which dating is a huge component.” In this potential future, you might open up Tinder to see if anyone at the nearby bar has common friends or hobbies, and wants to meet up.
There’s no implication of meeting in real life when talking on the service. “It’s one, I think, where you're more detached from the human connection we all seek.“ This isn't augmented reality like Microsoft's Holo Lens (yet).