Letter to the editor

Students respond to “Love me Tinder”

Dear Editor,
One of the points that this story examines is that computer-facilitated communication is bad for us. I disagree.

As Millennials, we are constantly beaten down for our lifestyle. We’re told that the Internet has destroyed our attention spans and values and if we continue expanding from the ways of previous generations, we’re going to destroy the world. The opinions highlighted in this article add to this toxic view of our generation.

Online communication allows us to form relationships with people we may have never met if not for these apps and websites. It gives those who may be too shy to reach out in person a platform to make connections.

Opinions like the ones included in this article add to the stigma surrounding online dating and friendship. I don’t understand why discouraging others from reaching out with today’s most popular medium is something so celebrated by the media.

-Mallory Sage

Dear Editor,
Dating apps are becoming a social norm today. It was only a matter of time until they became popular with young adults and college students.

I have to agree 100 percent that these types of apps are changing the way we are communicate.

When I first heard of Tinder I just thought it was another app that would fizzle out in a few weeks and I am shocked it is still popular.

I have never used the app and probably never will. I have to agree, meeting people face to face is the best way start a relationship.

I believe dating apps like Tinder can ruin a person’s self esteem and self confidence. Many people on these apps tend to be rude and mean.

Others may find Tinder a good way to meet potential mates but it isn’t something I will be experiencing.

-Raquel Benton

Dear Editor,
Finally, people are talking about the ridiculousness that has become “dating.” The use of Tinder or any other application in an attempt to find a long-term partner is absurd.

I was pleased to learn that the majority of our students don’t believe in such insanity, but I can’t believe that a whopping 40 percent of students do!

It’s disheartening, sad and pathetic that a “lack of likes” on a photo can lead to the destruction of self-confidence. Not to mention the fact that the majority of these likes are coming from total strangers.

When you meet someone in person, certain natural instincts kick in that allow you to spot red flags that may keep you safe. On an app, you do not have any safety, especially if you choose to give out your personal information.

Another aspect is so morally wrong it disgusts me. Young men and women are choosing to speak with others solely based off their photo. Of course, any girl can post a raunchy photo in a tight shirt and have guys after her, but what the hell ever happened to having a personality?

With the help of these apps, our generation is becoming increasingly shallow. The online interface also allows for way too much judgment, and we all know that people say terrible things online that they’d never say in person.

All in all, it’s a bad app that brings out bad qualities in people and makes judgment and vanity seem completely okay.

-Meredith Galaif

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