Illustrated by Austin Watts.
Well, it looks like we wasted a good majority of 2013 using Tinder for all the wrong reasons (not that we actually use it) because according to its creator, Justin Mateen, his hookup app isn't for, well, hooking up. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Mateen expressed considerable surprise that the popular app, which allows users to connect with members of the opposite sex based solely on whether or not they find each other physically attractive, has built a bit of a sordid reputation. "It was never meant to be used for hooking up," he says. "We just did a poll recently, and a tiny percentage of our users think that's what Tinder is for."
But, telling pretty much all of singledom that they've been misusing his app isn't why Mateen's comments have raised a few eyebrows. It's what he said next: "Fundamentally, women aren't wired that way, right?" Matteen asked. "So, even if we had tried to create it for that, it wouldn't have worked."
Um, ok, we're not exactly sure where Mateen is getting his information from. Perhaps it's from the same "poll" that told him people aren't using Tinder as a hookup app. In our experience, both men and women have a variety of perspectives about relationships, monogamy, and most importantly, dating apps. If Mateen wants Tinder to evolve way beyond just a dating app, as he says in the interview, he should probably start by not alienating half of his user base. (Jezebel)