Stoian [Abstract]

‘Friends, dates and everything in between’: Tinder as a mediating technology
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Maria-Steluța Stoian [1]

Abstract: This paper represents an exploratory reflection about dating apps using the technological mediation approach, choosing Tinder as a specific example. In the first part of the paper, I present the technological mediation frame, touching on concept definitions, the specific employed vocabulary, as well as on the ethical part of mediation, as elaborated by Peter-Paul Verbeek. The second part of the paper is represented by an analysis of Tinder, in which I discuss how the app mediates the users’ experiences and actions, as well as design and ethical concerns.

Keywords: Tinder, online dating, dating apps, data cultures

[1] Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest, Romania.