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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.

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.


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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?


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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.


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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!

How Social Media Increases Wedding Costs

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Social media has affected every facet of our lives. From how we share life-changing news to how we make life-changing plans.

People are sharing every part of their lives online, from concept to completion. Everything from holidays, job searches, and engagements, to tying the knot can be found on the web. As is only human, people also tend to share the positive side of their lives with the public. The new biggest trend is to post about your picture-perfect wedding, allowing your friends on social media to get a glimpse into your perfect life, and being able to bask in the glory of your big day with you. Few will post anything other than the highlights, trying to create an image of perfection, to set a standard against which others will measure themselves.

The result is that there is a running competition that never ends, where winners only hold their title from one ‘I Do’ to the next. Weddings have been transformed from marked occasions, to public displays of happiness measured in $ signs, and this has created a booming industry where one couple tries to outdo the next. However, this all comes at a cost.

The Planning Process

Planning a wedding used to involve endless amounts of glue sticks, paper cuts, and scrapbooks. Yellow post-its were the bride’s best friend, and the amount of money spent on bridal magazines could rival most dresses. Planning was done after work and after family time, but today, newly engaged couples admit to planning all through the day. This all-consuming hunt includes the search for vendors on social media to searching for comparative ideas on Pinterest.

Much to the delight of brides- (and grooms-) to-be, today’s research tools have made it easier than ever to look for inspiration. A simple browse on Pinterest in the ‘Mr and Mrs’ category comes up with almost endless results. Wedding boards can be created, vendors found, flowers imported. With access to so much information and inspiration, it has opened a whole new world for every couple.

The Rising Costs of Weddings

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Before the days of social media, most couples used local suppliers, whatever flowers their florist could find, and a local venue. Destination weddings and imported foie gras was reserved for the rich and shameless.

Today, people can choose to get married in exotic locations, find and import any flower they choose, and have any meal they desire served, no matter how exotic. The effect of social media on the rising cost of weddings is clear, and it seems like future Mr and Mrs’ need to win big playing at online casino games before they set about planning their wedding, as the cost is rising with every Instagram post!

Social media also gives couples a taste of every wedding their friends have attended. It creates a false sense of perfection, and everyone wants their special day to be perfect too. New ideas are offered, comparisons made, and each new addition adds another dollar to the bottom line. Every bride and groom wants their friends to publicize just how wonderful their special day was, and will go to great lengths to make it Pinterest or Instagram worthy.

A Public Affair

Couples are no longer planning their dream weddings for themselves; they are planning for Instagram or Facebook. Their perfect day will be up on the Internet before the end of their first kiss; and it needs to be Instagrammable & enviable.

Instant posts by guests create an additional pressure to add items that are perceived to be important by others. If your high school nemesis arrived in a Rolls Royce, you need to arrive to the ceremony on your big day in a vintage Bentley. These items not only add to costs, but also lead to couples often missing the important part of what they are doing, which is vowing to be you’re your special someone forever.

And forever is a long time, especially if you put more thought into your shoes than your spouse!

The Ghosts of Social Media Past

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I don’t tweet. Friends have said I should open a Twitter account but I have remained inanimate on the matter. Twitter registers very low on my list of priorities and while I get that one can actually catch the attention of a celebrity or someone in power, it remains an unappealing endeavour. I regard social media as a blessing and a curse. I like that we’re more connected but I dislike the fact that we actually care less. Social media has made us regard one another in a lesser light and this is because it’s made our social lives easier and the minute something gets easy, we undermine it. Look at the birthday card; once a staple of celebration and admitting that you had a genuine care for a friend, family member or colleague. Facebook has all but obliterated this once thriving industry and while everyone says something on your wall, not many really mean it. We’re sacrificing a lot in the name of the net and social media, and as it appears of late, not just our interpersonal qualities, but our livelihoods too.

Is Facebook Listening To Me?

Online Vigilance

I’m not sure that we’re fully comprehending the extent of our online actions. Our online footprints, while meant to create a digital map of what we like so that corporations can sell us things, can also be used for surveillance.  Instagram has the right to make money from the photos you post on it without giving you a cent. The net has given us a power to wield and at the risk of sounding cheesy, with great power comes great responsibility.

In the light of the recent James Gunn incident, nothing screams online vigilance more than what has befallen this Hollywood director. Roughly 10 years ago Mr Gunn, in what appears an attempt of provocation, made some really unsavoury tweets. For those of you not in the know, James Gunn is most notable for his work with Marvel Studios and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Gunn was also known for his anti- Trump stance, something which has now cost him his job. Disney owns Marvel and once they got wind of these old tweet, uncovered by a staunch Trump supporter, he was fired.

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I’ve read the tweets and they are atrocious, but here’s the thing, why didn’t this information bug Disney beforehand? Only once unearthed, did the giant studio step in; the very same studio that employed Johnny Depp in light of his domestic abuse allegations by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.  Gunn apologised years ago for those tasteless tweets and why should we not believe in the capacity of a human being to grow, evolve and change for the better within a span of 10 years. Should no one be given a second chance? I’m not here to defend Gunn. His tweets really are off-side and one can see why Disney’s actions were swift, but the complexity of the situation begs for revision.

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James Gunn is but one example of being retroactively punished. Is punishment way after the fact applicable, especially when the person hasn’t physically done anything to anyone, and in addition has apologised? I think that what’s important to take home from all of this is that as an online user, you need to watch your step, especially in light of what you say, because once it’s out there, its digitally entrenched and if someone doesn’t like you, he or she can dig up that dirt, use it out of context to accentuate its already questionable attributes and this my dear readers can cost you your job, your livelihood and your reputation.  So take care of yourself in the digital space and if you can’t think of anything good to put there, then best you keep it to yourself and then work on yourself.

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