Tinder (your favorite go-to app for boning on the sly) has teamed up with Instagram (your favorite go-to app for documenting your days) to quite possibly make your life a living hell.
AdWeek posted some of the details behind this unique pairing, and called the new ad “dreamy.” Even though users will voluntarily link their Instagram accounts to their Tinder accounts — and Tinder will only show the last 34 pictures in your feed — you now have the extra-added bonus of your potential partners being able to find you on Instagram and spy on your entire life, as if dating wasn’t hard enough.
Sure, sure: If someone is industrious enough they can spy on your Instagram account already. And if you don’t want your photos to be seen in public, you should have a private Instagram account. Lots of people link to their Instagram accounts in Tinder anyway, and TechCrunch points out that the partnership gives you some control over how much of your life people can see:
The Instagram integration is the most important piece here, as a high percentage of Tinder users already include their Instagram handle within their profile, to give potential mates a more rounded-out view of their life. With Instagram inside Tinder, users can click into a user’s Instagram profile and see the most recent 34 pictures, with the ability to click directly into their profile to see the whole thing, check out comments, who liked it, and more granular details.
For users who have private Instagram accounts, they will be presented with an option to grant Tinder access, which would make your Instagram public on Tinder only.
Regardless, here are the top five ways I think this merger could make your dating life even more weird:
1. Stalking just got so, so easy
I don’t reference stalking lightly, as it’s a real and horrible facet of some people’s lives. What if your Instagram username isn’t easily identifiable as you? Like, what if you’re LazyJane911 and your real name is Hannah Jones? Once you link it to your Tinder account, that small sliver of privacy is gone. It’s all well and good to feel like your life is an open book until you know for a fact someone is reading it. (And if you geotag your images, these strangers will know EXACTLY where you are.)
2. Are you flirting with me?
When a new stranger follows you, how will you be able to tell if they’re flirting or just liking that photo of sushi you snapped?
3. Are you flirting with them?
What if your Tinder hook-ups see you flirting with other people in the Instagram comments? Do you have to just live and let live, or are there new rules in play?
4. How many hours are you going to spend deleting pictures?
Because your crush doesn’t need to know how many times a week you buy Twizzlers in bulk, or that you get so excited about buying Twizzlers in bulk, you post a picture every single time you do it.
5. Actually, how much time are you about to spend making your life look better than it is?
One of best things about Instagram is that it is, in fact, instant. You can post pictures of everything from that pickle you’re eating to the places you’re traveling, just to mark the moment.
How many people are going to spend hours removing unflattering or damnifying photos of themselves, things that might have been funny in the moment but will now seem unlikeable to a stranger trying to get with you? It’s the Facebook effect; is Instagram going to become a curated space instead of a fun one? We don’t need another brag zone.