The rise of Tinder and the death of the art of picking up

It’s almost 2014 and we are busy busy people. Between all of the tweeting instagramming and working who has time to sift through a crowd at a bar to look for someone to go home with?

Well it’s no surprise that there are apps to simplify the art of “picking up.” I mean doesn’t it get tiring going up to a guy or girl in a bar chatting them up and asking if they want a drink only to find out that he or she has a significant other? Let’s skip that whole process shall we?

Tinder ( gotinder.com ) the latest in mobile “dating” apps dubs itself as “the new way to meet people around you.” If we’re going to be sticking with the “romance is dead” mentality then this could very likely be the final nail in the dating coffin.

Here’s the breakdown: Tinder pulls information from your Facebook page to create a short little profile listing your first name age interests and several pictures of your choosing.

Much like the online chat room Chatroulette the people who appear on your screen are random only limited by the gender you choose and how wide you set your search radius — anywhere from two to 160 kilometres. A swipe to the left will stamp the prospective buddy with a “Nope” while a swipe to the right will give the individual a “Liked.” Once both parties have “liked” each other they are connected to begin chatting. How romantic!

While these apps are not necessarily meant solely for finding a sex partner the geo-tagging location-based chat features do tend to lend themselves to a hook-up type of encounter — let’s face it if you’re clicking through Tinder after midnight on a weekend chances are you’re not looking to take someone out for a coffee. Is it unlikely that a person would find their “perfect match” when the app’s search radius is set to only one kilometre? Absolutely. But the chances of finding a one-night fling? Fantastic!

Tinder is not the first mobile platform to offer this sort of geo-based mingling system. Grindr a popular gay dating app that has been around for several years lines up users in relation to their proximity from you for your um… immediate convenience if desired.

When it comes down to it are Tinder Grindr and all of these “dating” apps making us more superficial? In real time someone can easily become more attractive because of their level of engagement sense of humour or even an accent — who hasn’t been charmed by a British man at least once in their lives?

After fishing through plenty of fish finding all of the not-so-okay cupids and whatever other mildly disastrous e-dating situations many of us have encountered can you really blame a girl or guy for discounting people at face value and going for something more short term? I can’t.

If you’re looking for love this mobile app is probably not for you but if getting laid is on the agenda this weekend then Tinder definitely has you covered.