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Why Tinder is a bad idea for men who are not models

Why Tinder is a bad idea for men who are not models

September 30, 2022

Oddly enough, the behavior of users who use the Internet or several online applications is increasingly valued by Psychology as an important source of information about how we are and how we act. If, in addition, this online behavior is related to our most emotional and instinctive side, much better.

Tinder is one of the most popular linking apps of the moment. The simplicity of its use, added to the large number of users who use it around the world, makes it a recurring option for those who want to meet people for sexual or romantic purposes.

But that Tinder is popular does not mean that it is fair or equitable. In fact, there are data that indicate that, for the majority of the male sex with high expectations about their chances of finding someone they find very attractive, this application could be a waste of time. And is that Tinder it is one of the most unequal ecosystems depending on whether you are male or female, as we will see.

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Why Tinder is unfair to men, according to a study

What is done in Tinder is, basically, to make a quick filtering of users, separating those that interest us from those not with a simple finger movement (left or right). In this way, we can only chat with the people we have "accepted" and who, in turn, when we show them our user profile, have selected us.

On the other hand, Tinder can be understood as an economy . Here, instead of monetary units, there are "likes", and the richest people are those that have been accepted by a greater number of users, which translates into greater possibilities of staying with someone interesting.

Well, a recent investigation shows that women "like" 12% of men whose profile appears in Tinder. However, that does not mean at all that every man is going to be accepted at least one out of 10 times that his picture appears to a user, since the vast majority of "likes" go to a minority of men: only the more attractive This is a pattern that does not happen in reverse, in the selection behavior that men use.

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To what extent is there an inequality in this application to link?

From what can be estimated in this simple study, the inequality between the "likes" that men receive the least attractive and the most attractive is absolutely overwhelming even if we compare with those who receive women in each of the extremes of beauty (estimated according to the opinions of the people in charge of selecting them).

Specifically, in the conclusions of this investigation it appears that, if we order the men who use Tinder making the first ones are the most attractive and the last those who are less, 80% of them starting at the end (less attractive) competes for 22% of women starting also by the end , while 78% of women starting with the most attractive compete for the "top" 20% of men.

Thus, the minority of men who are valued as especially attractive will be accepted by 20% of women, while those who are slightly less attractive will have a significantly lower "wealth of likes". This decline will continue to be pronounced as we pass men who are considered not particularly attractive, and it will be specially primed with 50% less attractive .

The Gini coefficient of Tinder

The Gini coefficient is a widely used tool to measure the degree of inequality that exists in the various economic systems of the world. Its value is between 0 and 1, where 0 is the number corresponding to the systems in which there is no inequality and 1 what is obtained when analyzing economies in which all the wealth belongs to an individual and the rest has nothing .

What is the Gini index of Tinder taking into account the data obtained by this research? Its value is 0.58, which makes its economy more unequal than 95% of all countries of the planet, sharing position with nations like Namibia, Angola or Botswana. Fortunately, the ability to find food and shelter from a population does not depend on the mechanics of this application to link.

Why does this difference occur?

There are several ways to understand this difference between the behavior of both sexes. However, the one that usually has more force when it comes to explaining this kind of differentiation is the one that belongs to the evolutionist psychology . From this perspective, there are many researchers who argue that both in our species and in the vast majority of animals that reproduce sexually, males compete for females because the reproductive value of these is always greater.

The reason? In addition to putting their part in the formation of the zygote, they carry behind them the hardest part of reproduction: creating the type of gametes larger, more expensive and therefore limited in number, and in many cases be in a situation of vulnerability during pregnancy .

In this sense, the males should be the ones that compensate for their little commitment to reproduction by competing hard with the rest of the males in terms of the number of females, while these are concentrated in selecting according to the quality of each male. If this explanation it fits or not the reality of the civilized human being is something that is totally open to discussion.


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