“Tinder Will Know You Are A 6”: Users’ Perceptions of Algorithms on Tinder

dc.contributor.author Abel, Christie
dc.contributor.author Pei, Lucy
dc.contributor.author Larson, Ian
dc.contributor.author Olgado, Benedict Salazar
dc.contributor.author Turner, Benedict
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-24T17:43:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-24T17:43:46Z
dc.date.issued 2022-01-04
dc.description.abstract Through in-depth interviews of 22 Tinder users, we explore how users interpret their algorithmically mediated experience on the platform. We find that users have various explanations of whether and how Tinder uses algorithms and that users have varying degrees of certainty about these explanations. In response, users report that they act in particular ways given their explanations and degree of certainty. We discuss how users, as part of their sensemaking practice around how algorithms work, engage in forms of improvisation. In addition, we argue that algorithm awareness leads to a more nuanced acknowledgement of inequality and power, including the power-laden roles of platforms themselves.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2022.351
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-5-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/79685
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media
dc.subject algorithm awareness
dc.subject algorithmic bias
dc.subject folk theories
dc.subject intimate platforms
dc.subject online dating
dc.title “Tinder Will Know You Are A 6”: Users’ Perceptions of Algorithms on Tinder
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