presents an exposé on the "adult friend finder" app, Tinder.And the picture painted by writer Nancy Jo Sales is not flattering.Essentially, through a series of vignettes set in bars and other millennial generation hangouts, Tinder and similar apps are presented as the demise of Western civilization.
It should be pointed out, however, that it does take two to tango, as depicted in this hilarious Tinderella video.
And yes, the good folks at Tinder have responded as any fully-fledged digital-age corporation (or 13-year-old girl) would - instigating a flame war on Twitter.
Exacerbating matters is the fact that this article arrives on the heels of a much-publicized security breach at Ashley Madison, where hackers allegedly acquired the names, passwords and credit card information of AM's 37.5 million members and threatened to release that information if the company did not immediately and permanently shut down.
(In case you're wondering, AM is a hookup app that is very similar to Tinder, except is designed to help married people cheat on their spouses.) As of now, AM is still in business and the hack appears to be much ado about nothing, but still, we're talking about it, and the public as a whole (via mass media) is finally becoming aware of and therefore afraid of the ever-expanding digital hookup culture.
As a social phenomenon, I find this incredibly interesting, primarily because I've seen it before.
For me, this began way back in the 1990s when my psychotherapy clients started telling me about their troubles with AOL chat rooms and online pornography.By 1999, I was seeing so much of this that I started speaking about it at clinical symposia. (An updated and expanded version, , was published early this year, and it's selling rather well.) So, despite my best efforts, the digital sexual phenomenon and its related problems remained largely underground until 2005, when I addressed the issue on With hookup apps, the latest digital sex craze, I'm seeing a similar time lag.After all, the first of these apps, Grindr (geared toward gay men), appeared in 2009.Since that time, hundreds of similar apps aimed at every demographic imaginable have followed.Tinder, the subject of the article, launched in 2012.Unsurprisingly, I've been writing about and talking about these apps for several years, ever since my gay clients first told me about their use of Grindr.