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Roundtable: Affordances, Diversity, and Inclusion on Dating Apps - A Dialogue between Sociologists and Media Studies Researchers about ‘Hinge’

Authors
  • Ladan Rahbari
  • Misha Kavka (University of Amsterdam)
  • Erinne Paisley (University of Amsterdam)
  • Louis Zimman (University of Amsterdam)
  • Faye Mercier (University of Amsterdam)
  • Balázs Boross (University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

This roundtable paper is part of the project ‘Digitized Love and Intimacy on Hinge.’ It aims to investigate how digital dating apps reconfigure cultural attitudes to love and intimacy and, conversely, how said attitudes influence digital dating practices. The conversation is informed by (n)ethnographic usage of the app. As algorithms and affordances of dating applications can implicitly or explicitly privilege certain groups of users and exclude others, this conversation mainly aims to make sense of how Hinge’s interface – or ‘affordances’– facilitates the dating process and how inclusive and diverse the application’s affordances are. We discuss that there is a contradiction between what Hinge portrays itself to be and what it practically ends up being, partly because of its affordances. This roundtable highlights the need to study affordances as relational technologies and to take the perceptions, ideas, and interpretations of users seriously alongside the actual features and designs offered by applications.

Keywords: Affordances, Dating app, Diversity, Hinge, Inclusion, Netnography

How to Cite:

Rahbari, L. & Kavka, M. & Paisley, E. & Zimman, L. & Mercier, F. & Boross, B., (2023) “Roundtable: Affordances, Diversity, and Inclusion on Dating Apps - A Dialogue between Sociologists and Media Studies Researchers about ‘Hinge’”, DiGeSt - Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies 10(1): 1, 7-17. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/digest.87181

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Published on
26 Jun 2023