Research Suggests Tinder Style Dating Selection is Actually Very ‘Natural’

/ 7 years ago

Swipe left or right for love!

Tinder, for those of you unaware, is a rather popular dating application. With a rather simple formula, you are presented with a bunch of peoples profile pictures. From there you swipe right if you like and left if you don’t. It could also possibly be the other way around, having been married for nearly 10 years I’m not quite certain.

At the very least, my sister reliably informs me it’s a great place to visit if you wanted to be sent unsolicited pictures of strangers penis’. It is however very popular and even over the years has seen the product evolve to more ‘enhanced’ versions.

Apparently though, despite such negative connotations, Tinder users do conform to a level of basic evolutionary behaviour as mating patterns are apparently replicated on the app as they are in real life.

Tinder is more than just farmers at the meat market

In a report via Skynews, researchers have found that peoples behaviour is remarkably similar to that which basic evolution dictates.

As we noted above, Tinder works on the very basic premise that you decide almost arbitrarily if you are interested in the person or not. This decision is made solely by their profile picture. While some criticise this system of dating, stating that it makes people choose too arbitrarily, researchers suggest that this is actually a more natural way of partner selection. The reasoning for this is that the decision is made entirely on the supposed suitability for breeding.

There is, I must add, a degree of common sense logic behind this. Back in the days where courting pretty much amounted to catching your partner, hitting them on the head and dragging them back to your cave, an initial attraction in partners was a key point. You wanted someone that looks good and heavy to ensure a good and healthy continuation of the species. There isn’t a species on the planet to my knowledge that doesn’t generally tend to have this basic fundamental instinct.

So, the next time you start your left and right swiping and start to feel bad about those you reject, don’t, it’s perfectly natural. At least, that’s a good excuse you can give now. At the very least, you’re not using them to help build your facial recognition software.

What do you think? Is Tinder naturally a better choice? Is it all about ‘send nudes’? Let us know in the comments!

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