+  2023-05-06 21:36

The Match Group withdraws from Russia. #Tinder, #OKcupid, #Hinge… will all vanish from Russian social space by June 30.

Meanwhile, The Russian Government™ is planning — finally, again, for real this time — to launch RuTube… and close access to #YouTube. After already having……

 +  2023-04-21 13:41

Oh, wow. The Match Group did indeed introduce chat-assist to #Tinder. Just look at their suggestions to start a dialogue after a match: 😱

• Hiiii Jane! Getting into anything fun this week?
• Hello Jane. How’s it going?
• Hi there! Getting into anything fun this week?

• Jane! Having a nice day?
• Nice to meet you Jane! What are you up to?

Punctuation errors aside, that style… will most probably get you unmatched ASAP… Else, you’d be watching a machine talking to a machine? Because the “let us do the talking” feature is rolled out to all.

What’s next? A brain implant to utter clichés to people? I mean, as of now, the dialogue prompts are far from #ChatGPT’s (rather derivative) prose, but don’t you think the Tinder devs will buy API access from #OpenAI soon?

 +  2023-04-06 11:26

#Tinder’s COO Faye Iosotaluno says users complain about the difficult & time-consuming profile setup…

So their team considers bringing #AI to help. Including with conversations once you match.🤦🏻‍♂️

Isn’t Tinder the least text-intensive app of all time? 3-9 photos & tags to add?😮

 +  2022-11-11 06:20

Female #Tinder profiles in Berlin… the “travel” and “exhibitions” types. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Seems like no amount of education through our #films can change what’s happening?…

 +  2022-09-19 11:59

“Cheap #Sex” is a great book by sociologist Mark #Regnerus to compliment @ProfDavidBuss’ “Evolution of Desire”. It describes the current personal and interpersonal #sexuality / gender relations state of affairs in the US.

The local trends and stats which do or will impact the rest of the planet via the American Soft Power carrier groups — their role models, #Hollywood films, PC games… and porn sites.

The book dispels such misconceptions as “men are afraid to commit”, “#feminism is totally great for women”, “the only side effect of the pill is weight gain” and explains the growing proportion of uncoupled, unsatisfied, lonely people of both genders unable to make a connection.

Other than a short physical one. But only for those that include #fit, rich, educated men taller than 182 cm.😉

Add #Tinder, #Instagram, #OnlyFans and female financial independence, and we obtain fierce female competition for a few good men, skewed market dynamics and the cheapening of sex, mentioned in the title.

The low cost and infinite access to a geographically unconstrained human online marketplace disincentivizes working on #relationships — it’s cheaper to “return your purchase after a 30-day trial” (dump / divorce) and choose the next candidate, or just masturbate alone.

Surrounded by immersive HD #porn of any shade of gray, cool sex toys and AI-driven robots. Meanwhile, the years go by, and our bodies remain optimized for a very different pattern of behaviors and time spans, whether you freeze your gametes or not.

Demand for antidepressants and assisted reproduction increases.

The book’s conclusions are grim, especially for most women and a huge part of men. The technology, ideology and market forces work in unison against any reconciliation, pairing or improvement.

And, I’m afraid, #Europe is to follow, at least the non-Islamic part of it.

Very readable, the text is supported by large surveys (US and international), author’s team in-person interviews at @UTAustin, publications of #evolutionary psychologists and #gender relations specialists… all referenced in a lengthy, but helpful, bibliography.

 +  2022-07-22 09:49

#DontLookUp has been the saddest #film of the decade for me. Why? Because it’s not a #comedy. It’s a #documentary.

Humanity somehow has lost the fear of death, even when the dead are measured in the millions (Covid, the RU-UA war…)

For example, #Tinder profiles repeatedly state they’re going to “enjoy life and have fun”, male and female.

Hurray, it’s all merry and dandy! 🥳

Enjoy summer!

 +  2021-11-07 00:53

I’ve been #photoshop-ping since… er… 1996. Including some heavy retouching and #photomontage using other photographers’ work. It still amazes me how easily people get fooled by what they see on Instagram / #Tinder / Facebook. 🤦🏻‍♂️

IRL… what a disappointment, eh?


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