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Interestingly, the term “love” never presented itself in discussing Tinder-mediated dating.While more research and social psychological explanations are (always) needed, the present discussion should be kept in mind and interrogated, before moving on to the next swipe.In addition to acknowledging this ambiguity and tracking the sensemaking strategies used to alleviate it, I leave you with something to ponder.As much as society’s demands call for innovations, innovations too feed back into and fundamentally change social processes.Particularly, I wanted to map out the by which people made sense of dating, and whether and how this changed with the emergence of Tinder.To explore this idea, a focus group was deemed the most appropriate means of gathering rich qualitative data, in that it begets a co-construction of meaning, albeit lacking in representativeness (given that it is a “thinking society in miniature”).And its effects have traversed the handheld devices it calls home.The end of the focus group signalled a grim forecasting of the future: C: …I just have this fear that we as a society are going in this direction where we’re all sitting in our PJs, and [it] effectively sells eating from a freaking plastic microwave thing just talking to each other and slowly dying in isolation. L: Maybe we do have the chicken and the egg confused.
Are the convenience and expedience of Tinder actually just Mc Donaldizing love and relationships?
Conceptual metaphor theory suggests metaphors are cognitive linguistic devices employed in anchoring novel or abstract concepts into pre-existing ones (i.e.
‘love is a journey’ anchors the abstract ‘love’ into the previously understood ‘journey’).
The data that emerged out of this focus group was analysed iteratively through an inductive thematic analysis wherein patterns and connections were identified.
The expected findings were that dating and Tinder are indeed ambiguous constructs in today’s society – there is no consensus, or social representation of the concept.