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Worse still, even if Michelle swipes left on a guy’s profile and makes the personal decision not to connect, he can “rise above the system,” as Michelle says.
He can then use Michelle’s name to find her on Facebook and private message her, to says things like, “I don’t know if you swiped left on me or if you just haven’t seen me yet, but I wanted to let you know I’m interested.”Interactions like these defeat the supposed anonymity that Tinder promotes.“It would be great if there was a feature where I could ‘unlock’ further levels of disclosure based on how I’m feeling about a guy,” says Michelle.
” Men can see women’s answers without seeing their profile pictures, while women can see the men’s answers, pictures and full profiles.
The main feature of the app is the “Question of the Day,” in which both men and women are asked questions like, “What song do you wake up singing every day?Kimberly Williams, an associate professor and program co-ordinator of Women’s Studies at Mount Royal University, describes the online experience for women as “Horrible, absolutely horrible.”Williams believes that online life for women is a reflection of real life, yet worse in many respects because of if its inherent anonymity.“Just logging on to your computer takes the off-line violence for women online,” she says.She thinks part of the problem is that so few of the makers of today’s most popular websites and apps are women.The objective is to “unleash the power of girl talk” and share information about men with other women in an attempt to help “make smarter decisions — starting with relationships.” The app was launched in February 2013 by two Canadian-born women — Alison Schwartz and Alexandra Chong.“We recognize that there’s not much built up in the digital space in the approach of ‘by women, for women,’” says Schwartz.