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How Instagram And Tinder Influence Online Dating

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These days just about everything happens on the move. You can meet the love of your life on Tinder, check for new posts on Instagram, or play a game in the gaming club mobile casino – all while having a coffee in your favourite Coffee Bar. That’s ‘amore’ in action, 21st-century style.

Matchmaking on Tinder

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Tinder’s dating app is driving new perspectives on modern matchmaking and simply bypasses much of the complexity of many other mobile dating platforms. Possible matches are ranked according to how far away people live and browsing users have a simple choice with every image they view: like or pass. Two browsers opting to ‘like’ each other triggers a Tinder ‘match’; only then can they go on to chat via the app.

To help make better choices, a user can read a brief bio and see certain Facebook pictures showing their would-be match. Ages are also revealed, and there may be links to Instagram and Spotify accounts as well as details of any Facebook connectivity, which may be common to both. Above all, this means you won’t have to talk to anyone you decide you don’t like.

With 57 million international users in 190 countries speaking 40 different languages, Tinder is a major player in the dating world. It has created 20 billion matches since its launch in 2012, and hopeful Tinder users go on an estimated one million dates every week. Though no one can be precise, it seems likely that most of these users fall into the 18-24 age group. Yet Tinder hasn’t altered everything: an average message typed by a man to a woman is 12 characters long, while messages the other way around average 122!

Tinder’s prime features are its left/right swipe option to choose or reject possible matches, the opportunity to access the Instagram profiles of those on Tinder, and the chance to find out about any common Facebook connections. Those who subscribe to Tinder Gold (the premium version) also get to see who has already liked them before they swipe.

So what now?

Once you have a match you’re keen to pursue, it’s not always a matter of simply exchanging phone numbers and making those preliminary calls. Yes, that happens from time to time, but access to Instagram profiles has introduced a new dynamic. This platform often has a broader role to play as a supplementary matchmaking tool. For instance, access to Instagram stories means that viewers can gain some useful clues and background information about a person they have liked without having to make direct contact or asking a series of probing questions.

Your Instagram stories tell viewers about events in your daily life, but the data this generates can also give you some basic clues about who sees your posts, and thus how your potential relationship with a certain person may be developing. It gives you the option of (selectively) posting more targeted visual material, in the hope this might generate a message response from someone you like. One difficulty of this ‘online footsy’ between interested matches is that things in the online visual world may not always be what they seem.

Faking it on Instagram

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While it’s not the only platform where this happens, Instagram is one place where the difference between real and fake can be very hard to spot. While everyone can agree that the obsession with perfect lifestyles and a perfect body image is a sad reflection of where we are on social media, there’s a difference between showing images of your ‘best’ side and virtually criminal deception.

Chessie King is one popular Instagram blogger who uses her Instagram profile to show just how easy it is for people to manipulate reality. To get the point across, she has posted a series of photos showing her in ‘normal’ shots with obvious unflattering body positions and awkward camera angles. Alongside these, she has skilfully created alternative ‘fake’ versions in the same settings, using typical modelling tricks to flatten stomachs and make legs seem longer and waists seem narrower. The result is not only an eye-opener on modern perceptions of beauty, it’s also a warning for anyone about to sample online dating.

Tasty Vegan Instagram Accounts To Follow

“Vegan” is the buzzword of the past couple of years. But do you know what it is and why it’s a good option for you and the planet?

A vegan diet is one that is free from all animal-derived products – meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, even honey. If everyone in the world went vegan today, then human-made global greenhouse gas emissions would drop 14.5-15.6%. With climate change being such a huge problem for our planet, any and every reduction in emissions would help greatly in trying to mitigate the damage being done. And, with all the recent studies about red meat and cancer and vegan diets being linked to lower blood pressure and rates of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, why wouldn’t you give it a try?

Even Vegas has gone vegan – it’s becoming quite easy to grab a vegan burger between roulette games. So what are you waiting for? Here are our 5 favorite vegan instagrammers and some of their yummy recipes.

Vegan Richa

Vegan Richa takes recipes from around the world and turns them vegan, presenting them very clearly with photos or even videos of each step on her blog. One of her recipes that is shared constantly is her Vegan Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake. This Italian-inspired casserole is also soy-free and can be made gluten-free by switching out the pasta and breadcrumbs for gluten-free versions. You’ll need:

  • half a head of cauliflower
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 oz pasta
  • marinara or tomato basil sauce
  • vegan mozzarella slices or cashew mozzarella
  • breadcrumbs
  • vegan parmesan
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • Italian herb blend

You’ll coat and bake the cauliflower slices first while cooking the pasta. Then in a casserole dish, layer the pasta, sauce, baked cauliflower, and vegan cheese. Bake at 400F/200C for 20-25 minutes and then enjoy!

Minimalist Baker

With all recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less and made in 30 minutes max, Dana’s ideas are all perfect. Our fave? Her Creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients, 5 minutes. You’ll need:

  • frozen dragon fruit
  • frozen raspberries (or your favorite fruit)
  • medium ripe bananas that have been previously frozen
  • vegan vanilla protein powder
  • dairy-free milk

Toss everything in a blender until smooth, add more to taste as you wish, and eat as-is or with some extra toppings like coconut flakes, fresh fruits, hemp seeds, or granola.

From My Bowl

Who never ate raw cookie dough while baking as a child (salmonella, what’s that?)? Well, thanks to Caitlin, you can enjoy a safe, vegan, and healthy version in her Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe! You’ll need:

  • cooked chickpeas
  • nut or seed butter
  • vanilla extract
  • oat flour or almond flour
  • maple syrup
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
  • salt

Pop all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor until a thick, even dough forms, then fold in the chocolate chips, and dig in! If there are any leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

Fork and Beans

Cara’s creations aren’t only delicious, they are also adorable! Perfect for if you have kids or just love food that can make you smile. Who wouldn’t want to munch on a Monster Bell Pepper Salad Cup rather than just a boring salad in a bowl? You’ll need:

  • bell peppers
  • green olives
  • toothpicks
  • cucumbers
  • mini bell peppers
  • lettuce
  • shredded carrots
  • radishes
  • broccoli
  • your choice of salad dressing

Slice the tops off the bell peppers and deseed them to make the cup and stick green olives in the tops with toothpicks to form the eyes. Mix your salad ingredients in a bowl and toss with the dressing. Distribute the salad evenly in the peppers. Add cucumber slices or sliced halves of mini bell peppers for the tongues. Pop the tops back on and they’re ready!

The Vegan 8

Brandi is also into easy meals – all of her recipes are eight ingredients (not including water, salt, pepper) and NO OIL. For her spicy Vegan Red Pepper Curry Bowl, you’ll need:

  • red bell peppers
  • broccoli florets
  • jasmine white rice
  • onion
  • garlic
  • yellow curry spice
  • cashew milk
  • lemon juice
  • water, salt, and pepper

Roast the bell peppers and broccoli in the oven and cook the rice. In a large pan combine water, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper and simmer until the water is gone. Add the curry powder and cashew milk and heat through. Once it’s cooled, blend the mix with the roasted peppers and lemon juice. Serve with the rice and broccoli.

Lesser Known Social Media Brands

Everyone knows Facebook, Twitter and Instagram these days. They have billions of users between them, encompassing a pretty big percentage of the earth’s population. Posts are shared, photos are tossed around, and so many selfies are in existence that aliens would likely assume them to be some sort of official online requirement.

But this popularity is exactly what makes you sneer in distaste. You’re the kind of person that shuns what others have accepted, and prefers instead to find alternatives. After all, participating in the norm is the sort of thing that will force you to avoid looking at yourself in the mirror.

Relax, it turns out that there are dozens of social media alternatives to the big names. They are lesser known, most of them dying for a bit of attention, and so all of them are a prime gathering ground for you and your alternative-to-the mainstream seeking friends.

You could also just drop social media entirely, and just spend some time at a top class casino instead. Or would that be going too far? Better take a look at our list, just in case. If you abandoned social media entirely everyone might just assume you’re dead.

Vero

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Vero is a pretty smart idea, although it is highly debatable if it will see any success in the face of well-established platforms like Instagram and Facebook. It seems to be an effort to combine all major platforms, with a photo sharing, news sharing, and all other things social media, all rolled into one.

The core draw card of Vero is that it is, and according to the developers always will be, entirely advert free. It has its focus solely on social media alone, without a glance in the direction of a single ad agency. How is this possible? Well, the first million user accounts will be free, after which a subscription fee will kick in.

It has potential, but we have serious doubts as to it being able to pull even a million users away from other services, never mind go beyond that. Who would pay subscription fees for social media at this point?

Musical.ly

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Less straightforward than Vero, Musical.ly is a bit of an odd fish. It is basically the same concept as the now-defunct Vine and the ever-popular Snapchat, allowing for videos to be created of varying lengths. The videos can be combined with music and various filters, giving them a little added flavour.

The draw card is, apparently, that video lengths can only be 15 to 60 seconds long, applying a little restriction to the creativity. But as they say, creativity is most prevalent under restrictions. It’s a neat idea, but we don’t see it making much of a splash, with Vine and Snapchat already established. It remains to be seen though, and we wish it all the best.

Steemit

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Last on the list we have Steemit. This is a very interesting idea for social media. Steemit actually keeps track of content posted, and pays out for the amount of attention a post gets. Currency can also be earned from voting and curating. A really great concept, only that this currency happens to be so-called STEEM tokens, a type of cryptocurrency.

So far, much information has been granted on how STEEM tokens can be earned, or how they can be bought for real money. What the developers haven’t gone into is what value these so called STEEM Tokens actually have, what they can be used for, or why anyone would want them, for any reason at all.

Still, the idea is a very interesting one, with an enormous amount of potential. We hope that the idea gets ironed out, and STEEM Tokens find some kind of real value. Then you can count us on board!