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I was sitting with a friend the other day, and as she was swiping away on Tinder, she commented on the fact that there are more than a few boys from West Point on the apps, especially compared to the of boys from other schools in the area. Tinder and Bumble are location-based social apps, matching up mutually interested users so they can chat, meet up, possibly date, etc. Setting up a profile is really easy, because the apps pull from Facebook pictures.
People can write a short blurb about themselves if they want, but many choose against this. Bumble is similar, except that only females have the ability to start a conversation, and if she chooses not to chat with her new connection within 24 hours, the connection disappears. Bumble and Tinder are not the only apps of their kind, but they are the most recognizable and most commonly used.
Mobile dating apps came into the world at the perfect time, for two reasons: the rise of mobile devices being used for everything, and the rise of the hookup culture. Apps like Bumble and Tinder revamped how people thought about online dating, but they also opened the door for people who needed a new way to meet and talk to people in the same geographical location as them.
I spoke with Josh, a third year cadet at West Point who wishes for his last name to remain anonymous, about Tinder and Bumble, and how he and his classmates rely on the apps to help them connect with girls outside of the West Point sphere.
Josh began by explaining what social life looks like at West Point. While each college and university has a slightly different tone in terms of romantic affairs and night life, West Point is drastically different for obvious reasons. Cadets have curfews and are not allowed to come and go as they please; and first year students, also known as plebes, are not allowed to go on pass at all.
The older cadets are, the more pass privileges they are allowed, which means that upperclassmen leave campus on the weekends more often than not. Drinking rules are strict at West Point, and the campus has very strict security, so partying is a challenge. Josh is from New Jersey, which makes finding people to stay with and people to go out with at other schools easier.
Despite his own situation, he maintained that even the cadets from completely different geographical locations around the U. He added that another reason he finds it hard to be romantic with girls at West Point is because relationships can get very serious, very quickly. For Josh and his classmates, mobile dating apps like Tinder and Bumble are a perfect way for them to romantically explore outside of West Point. And they definitely explore. After breaking up with his girlfriend from home his plebe year, Josh got a Tinder during his 2nd year.
Since then, he has been an avid user of both Tinder and Bumble. He pointed out that in his experience, and what his friends and classmates have found, a majority of people who frequently use these apps are doing so to cure boredom. Sometimes a hookup is the end game, and for that Josh recommends Tinder. As for other schools in the area, West Point boys match with Marist girls on these apps most often. Why not any other schools? For cadets at West Point, these apps have become an important part of how they socialize and market themselves, so to speak.
While many are quick to judge Tinder and Bumble for perpetuating hookup culture, it turns out that at campuses like West Point, they are necessary for perpetuating romantic interactions of any capacity. An alternative news source for Poughkeepsie, New York, and…. An alternative news source for Poughkeepsie, New York, and environs, produced by journalism students at Marist College. Anna Grazulis Follow. The Groundhog. Written by Anna Grazulis Follow. More From Medium. Why Postmodern Love is Our Future. Jason Henry. Snigdha Ghosh. How my 21st century adult entertainment struggles helped me fix my eating issues….
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