Just as racism has pretty much been fully abolished, new forms of racism are slowly developing into newer generations. We’ve all heard of the new dating apps for smartphones that have you swiping through profile photos until you see someone you like. Well these apps are causing a lot of controversy. While they may seem like a quicker, faster way to meet new people and find love, they also come with some drawbacks. One drawback being a form of racism. So are dating apps really bringing back racism – we investigate!
Judgement of Appearances
You open up an app on your phone and you’re immediately shown a random person’s face. This person lives nearby and is looking for love. Apps like Tinder (there are dozens of them) are simple, you see a person’s profile image and choose whether you like their appearance or not. Many people spend hours on these apps everyday just swiping through hundreds of profile images. Most people get disliked, while very few get liked.
With an abundance of people on these apps, most people swipe through the fat, odd looking and short people to provide attention only to the sexy users. People tend to be shallow, they only like the elite and pretty.
Racism Against the Ugly
While we all have our own preferences when it comes to personal beauty, there are definitely beauty standards that society uses to determine whether a person is beautiful or ugly. Those that are considered ugly or odd looking have to put up with a lot of crap on these dating apps. Mean messages are sent and people have to put up with a lot of criticism. Tinder users mock fat people, guys with odd bears or even girls that seem a little different. It’s a form of racism that is caused by having us literally judge people according to their appearances.
These people could be absolutely amazing, but unlike traditional dating sites, you aren’t matched with like-minded people; you’re matched with people according to your perception of their beauty. If you find someone good looking, you get paired with them. It’s sad to see society drop to these levels.
Sticking to the Real World
While dating apps are addictive and bring together millions of people, sticking to the real world definitely has its benefits. Nothing compares to actually talking with someone in real life. Rather than spending your days judging others according to their hair style, breast size or belly fat, you could be meeting some pretty amazing people. Don’t get us wrong, we love dating sites, but we feel that dating apps like Tinder push the boundaries over the limit.