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Lawsuit claims Tinder and Hinge are designed to get users hooked

Accepted submission by DannyB at 2024-02-20 16:19:22 from the infinite-loops-are-baaaad dept.
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Addicted to swiping right? Lawsuit claims Tinder and Hinge are designed to get users hooked. [inquirer.com]

A new lawsuit claims that dating apps Tinder and Hinge are designed to addict users and lock them into a perpetual loop.

If you’re swiping on dating apps for hours, you’re not alone — and a new lawsuit claims it’s by design.

Dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge are intentionally addictive, a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in California on Valentine’s Day claims.

Hidden algorithms push users to stay on the apps and “gamify dating” — counterintuitive to the apps’ intended purpose to help people find connections and form relationships, six plaintiffs contend in the lawsuit. [documentcloud.org]

[....] “The lawsuit is a bit absurd, if I’m honest,” psychologist and relationship coach Jo Hemmings told The Washington Post, [washingtonpost.com] adding that “responsibility lies in the hands of the user,” not the apps or developers.

In the future someday people might venture outside and date actual humans in person.


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