A note of caution is in order whenever studying a trendy technological innovation: Since this research was conducted, Tinder has changed its interface to allow users to include their education and work information on their profiles. Users can also ‘Super Like’ other profiles, thus bringing their interest and their own profile to the front of another user’s queue. Such changes are a reminder of the importance of maintaining a broader theoretical lens and not focusing solely on technological features.
Beyond theoretical considerations, several issues related to the process of data collection are worth mentioning. Two weeks into my recruitment via the app, of the fourteen email responses I received, only three were from women. (more…)