When I was on dating apps for eight long years, I wondered if they could get any worse. Sure, there were good moments, but there were also fake profiles, liars, ghosting, rejections, and endless inane conversations.
Dating apps were a necessary evil, but they often brought out the worst in human behaviour.
Well, this week I got my answer. Dating apps can get worse, and, in fact, they just did. On Monday, Tinder rolled out a new feature, 'Matchmaking', that gives users the opportunity to allow friends and family to recommend matches. Up to fifteen people – yes, fifteen! – can view the profiles of Tinder users, even if they don't have an account themselves.
This is great news for partnered people who want to get in on the fun. When I was single and dating, my married friends used to beg me to let them swipe on my Tinder.
"Ooh, he's cute!" they'd say. "Oh! I'm living vicariously through you!"
I'm telling you, no one loves Tinder as much as the person in a happy relationship. But for single people, it is a genuinely awful idea.
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