Old fashioned way of dating
When we talk about old fashioned times, we're talking about a time when women in particular did not have a lot of choice in meeting partners.
Although there are some who feel nostalgic for the pre-Tinder dating scene, Iselin reckons women have never had it better; and she doesn't see us ever going back."I know a lot of people say, 'I would never use Tinder because I want to meet the love of my life the old-fashioned way'.
But when we talk about old-fashioned times, we're talking about a time when women in particular did not have a lot of choice in meeting partners."The same goes for people who may be otherwise constrained from exploring their sexuality 'the old-fashioned way', says Senthorun Raj, Grindr enthusiast and academic in law and gender studies."For people who are busy, those who have social, mental, or physical mobility issues, or individuals who are worried about 'outing' their sexual or gender identity in public spaces, dating apps can be a more comfortable way to chat, socialise, and become intimate than meeting people at clubs or bars," he says."For same-sex-attracted and gender-non-conforming people especially, these apps can be lifelines to connect with others dealing with similar experiences."What's more, they have the ability to make connections "with people who we would never encounter in the places or circles we normally frequent", he adds.
Of course, it's not all rainbows, love-hearts and wink emojis for women, racial minorities or LGBT people.
They organise house parties which you can sign up for on their page for a minimal amount, and go to to meet some really cool people the old fashioned way, you know, in real life.
Four years since Tinder launched, Iselin says she's returning to her project with "a slightly more serious goal".
It's now more about answering an age-old question than exploring a curious new technology: "To prove that love exists."Of course, the proof is already out there among the growing number of successful, lasting relationships launched via Tinder or its myriad competitors.
It really comes down to better education in schools about consent and respectful connections, and also the apps ensuring that they take reports of violence seriously."Sex and relationships expert Cyndi Darnell agrees that while mobile dating apps have revolutionised the sexual choices available and the ease with which users can access them, ultimately better education is needed to improve the human interaction side of things."We're still operating on a very, very, very limited consent framework in terms of discussions around sex and pleasure...
and yet our technology is far more advanced than that," she says."There's no app for getting over awkwardness. That's the thing we need to remember: just because there is more access to sex, it doesn't mean the quality of the sex has improved.