Main dating magazine
en 27-year-old Yasmeen moved from Kenya to Sweden, she found it hard to meet people owing to the vast cultural differences between the two countries.Whereas, in Kenya, dating was easy as men from within and without her friendship circle would constantly approach her and express interest, in Sweden, she found it impossible to breach the cultural divide.Tinder’s global success rests on its platform – a geolocated app optimised for smartphones.Users indicate their like or dislike of a profile by swiping right or left respectively, and the profile in question is either permanently removed from the person’s archives, or matched for conversation and ideally, a real life meeting.
However, when pressed on whether they would use technology, the majority of those randomly interviewed replied in the negative.
Launched in 2012, Tinder has quickly outpaced rivals to establish itself as the most talked about, if not most used, dating site in the world. Users create a profile, usually linked to their Facebook account, using some basic information on their preferences and their location.
Their profile then joins the millions of others that users matching those preferences can browse.
Max went further, repeating an oft-cited limitation of developing real-life relationships based on online personas: “Based on what’s on social media there’s no hope for our generation.
Everyone has unrealistic expectations that they themselves cannot fulfill.” Nor is the kind of honesty available online exactly the kind of honesty Kenyan users want.