A1 Journal article (refereed)
Let’s Play Tinder! : Aesthetics of a Dating App (2021)

Garda, M. B., & Karhulahti, V.-M. (2021). Let’s Play Tinder! : Aesthetics of a Dating App. Games and Culture : A Journal of Interactive Media, 16(2), 248-261. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412019891328

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Garda, Maria B.; Karhulahti, Veli-Matti

Journal or series: Games and Culture : A Journal of Interactive Media

ISSN: 1555-4120

eISSN: 1555-4139

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 16

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 248-261

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412019891328

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72103


This article provides an analysis of the “dating app” Tinder as an aesthetic ludic artifact. By scrutinizing the title’s features of gameplay and expressive–interpretive social interaction, Tinder usage is set into a frame theory context and shown to operate by multiple overlapping frames that allow romantic engagement to be entered as play and vice versa.

Keywords: aesthetics; aesthetic nature; social media; applications (computer programmes); mobile apps; dating services; dating (social relations); gamification

Free keywords: Tinder; gameplay

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Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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