Dating has changed dramatically since the days when you’d court your intended with a leisurely and awkward stroll around the gardens of Pemberley. After decades of innovations such as professional matchmaking, débutante and B & S balls, speed dating, singles’ nights and lonely hearts advertisements, you can now select or reject potential mates with a swipe to your wrist.
Popular ‘dating’ and ‘friendship’ smartphone app Tinder has arrived on the Android Wear platform for wearables, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. The Android Wear version will allow users be notified of new matches, read and respond to messages, and swipe through other users anytime, anywhere.
The wearable version is available free from Google Play, and interested users need only download the newest update to Tinder on their Android device - the Android Wear extension will automatically install on a connected smartwatch. After this, simply tell your wearable to ‘Launch Tinder’, and you can then use the pretext of looking at the time to find ladies and gents you’d like to give the time.
Tinder: the future of dating?
Tinder was launched a year ago and allows users to anonymously rate or dismiss each other with a flick of the wrist – swipe left on a member’s profile if you’re not interested, and swipe right if you’d totally hit that. If a user you’re into has also swiped right on your profile, you’re both alerted and, presumably, love can blossom.
The downside is you do need to have a Facebook account to start using Tinder (although it’s separate from the Facebook app). Other potential downsides include loss of dignity, impaired self-esteem, total disillusionment over the idea of romance and – for women – more waist-down selfies from men than you had ever dreamed it was possible to receive.
A wearable version of Tinder is really the next step in online dating for people who enjoy lecherously searching for partners while out and about. The very nature of the Tinder app says much about the probable attitudes of many of its regular users – easily distracted people looking for near-instant gratification (with the exception of Edward Snowden, who seems to just want to make a connection).
Incidentally, the (male) co- founders of Tinder are currently being sued by the company’s (female) former VP of marketing for sexual harassment and discrimination. But if you’d still like to give the app a try, it’s available now for all Android Wear devices.