Dating sites and privacy
Apparently, I am not the only one who has encountered colleagues in the IAC building, which is perhaps to be expected considering IAC owns Ok Cupid, Tinder, and a host of other dating websites and apps—as well as The Daily Beast, where I work.A 26-year-old gay man in my building said he was going through Grindr when he recognized another guy who worked for his company.“Everyone I see had matched with me, so I feel it’s a thing, unless everyone secretly had a crush on me in junior high,” she said with a laugh.
You swipe left to reject the potential match.“The beauty of Tinder is all it takes is a swipe left and that person will never come up in your Tinder feed again.
And it’s anonymous—they’ll never know you swiped left,” Pambakian wrote in an email.
Still, the potential flaw that may be impossible to rectify is that you don’t know that a coworker, your second cousin, a boy from AP Biology, is out there until his face flashes across your screen.
Though part of the allure of dating sites and apps is allowing you to engage in the vulnerable acts of courtship through screens rather than in-person interactions, I’ve discovered there isn’t the buffer of anonymity that I once perceived.
In under a year, I’ve seen the faces of six former and current employees where I work flash across my phone.