The app relies heavily on Facebook’s framework to establish the gender of its users.
More importantly, Facebook at least allows users that do not identify themselves as male or female to check the “other” box when listing their gender, whereas Tinder ignores this option for one’s own profile or in one’s preferences.
For this reason, dating sites were often studied mainly for the level of anonymity they offered.
((For instance, the degree in which profile pictures corresponded with an offline identity was a field of interest (Hancock and Toma).
Online dating refers to the practisce of using dating Web sites for the purpose of finding short- or long-term romantic partners.
Dating Web sites operate by requesting users to compose self-descriptive profiles and then connecting them with databases of potential partners.
For instance, Tinder seems to be open to people with all sorts of sexual/gender orientations, yet still uses established, somewhat conventional, notions of sexuality/gender.The app asks if you are looking for male, female or both, but does not think outside of this box, possibly excluding those of us that do not identify with the conventional notions of gender and sexuality.