Uproar about Tinder, the online “matchmaker”, after the death of 26 year old New Zealander

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November 03, 2016 /
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Recent death of 26-year-old New Zealand Warriena Wright in an appointment with the young Gable Tostee who met through Tinder.

This has brought the issue of the controversial security of this online and very popular application to the forefront of the public debate.

This is a special case of death that ultimately resulted in the acquittal of the 30-year-old from Queensland just last week, as ABC says.

In particular, the couple, after having been in Tinder, met for the first time in close proximity to Mr Tostee’s apartment, where after sexual intercourse they ended up battling under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Tostee had secretly videotaped part of their encounter, with the video being a “key” evidence to investigate the case.

Then, after a verbal threat and legal action on behalf of Mr Tostee, the 26-year-old jumped from the balcony of the apartment.

The jury, however, judged unconvicted at the age of 30, with the verdict being based on the fact that Mrs Wright’s move was impossible to foresee and could not be considered a direct or indirect consequence of Mr Tostee’s behavior.

In the picture at the beginning of the article, 30-year-old Gable Tostee, coming out of court, after the verdict that found him innocent of the death of his erotic companion, Warriena Wright, through the Tinder web application.

Irrespective of the outcome of the case, the fact is that it has brought back to the headlines the concern expressed by many about how safe the internet can be, namely Tinder, to meet erotic comrades.

In the online market there are various applications for this purpose, but the most popular with difference is Tinder.

In particular, according to Roy Morgan Research, one in ten Australians aged 18-24, Tinder used in 2015, while the world is said to be about 50 million users.

For those unfamiliar with this application, perhaps the most appropriate likeness is the one of the … online “matchmaker”!

The way of use is extremely simple, while the only prerequisite is access to the internet and having a Facebook account. Stakeholders just need to download the software, which uses the information on the user’s Facebook page to create their Tinder profile. Later, of course, one can add additional information that he wants to appear in his profile.

It is worth noting that nothing related to the use of the Tinder application will be displayed on someone’s Facebook page, and therefore even the most discerning or shy users have no reason to fear.

The application then connects the user based on its location and preferences with potential comrades that smart software estimates can be the ideal -match- pair for the user.

Beyond that, the search and personal selection process begins. Men and women seem to spend hours hugging photos of proposed comrades.

Whenever they find someone they like, they can declare it by pressing an “like” just like Facebook, and if the “other half” of them agrees, the messaging feature is now enabled.

Of course, the ultimate goal of this whole process is for the two people who came into contact via Tinder to meet and meet up close.

As Susan McLean Internet Security Specialist says, although it started as a “one-night” appointment, the application has now evolved with some acquaintances dating to marriage.

He explains that there are some differences in acquaintances through Tinder in relation to the corresponding contractual ones that take place at some night out, as Internet language is not able to read the body language.

“If someone behaves strangely in a bar, you can easily leave […]

“There are undoubtedly cases of people who have been victims of assault or abuse after getting acquainted with these applications,” says McLean.

Some of the self-evident but necessary precautionary measures proposed to Tinder users are always to prefer meetings in public places, to inform a relative or a friend about where they are going, to avoid getting into the car of someone not well aware of First meeting and, of course, not to share without a second thought personal data such as their home address or their phone number.

It points out, however, that, as is the case with all kinds of social media, the answer to the question of security is not determined by the instrument itself, but rather by the way it is used.

Similarly, Dr. Lauren Rosewarne of Melbourne University: “Just as you have to be careful when giving it to someone you met in an unsuspecting place such as a self-service washing machine or library, we should not be less careful when using Tinder “.

The expert also argues that “horror stories” in online dating have received disproportionate media exposure compared to the incidence of incidents.

“They invest in the fear that already exists in the public, but in reality [such incidents] happen rarely.

“It’s just a reflection of real life. In real life, no one checks the criminal record for a person in a bar, “says Mrs Rosewarne.