Social media has its perks. You are able to network with others, perhaps make new friends, and even find a date. But where do you draw the line? One app called ‘Girls Around Me’, recently made inaccessible on Facebook, claimed to help you find women around you.
The app not only helped you find them physically, but also allowed you to gain access to their personal information in their Facebook accounts such as gender, birthday, and even photos.
The ‘Girls Around Me’ website was using a catch phrase that insinuated users would gain ‘control’ over women, essentially gaining power over them since they would be able to know them personally, without even having to gain their permission or personally meet them.
Potentially a dangerous app, FourSquare took the initiative to remove the app from their site stating:
“The application was in violation of our API policy, so we reached out to the developer and shut off their API access,” a Foursquare spokeswoman said Saturday. She said Foursquare has a policy against aggregating information across venues to prevent situations like this where someone would present an inappropriate overview of a series of locations.”
The website for ‘Girls Around Me’ boasts:
“Girls Around Me is the perfect complement to any pick-up strategy,”
“And with millions of chicks checking in daily, there’s never been a better time to be on the hunt.”
What does it say about our society and the way some dating singles view the dating experience as a whole? Has the dating scene become so jaded, filled with creepy people, that women are no longer safe connecting with others through social media? Dating trends are impacted by many things in life, including social networking sites.
Are dating relationships at risk of becoming impersonal for fear that you may meet the wrong person through an app such as ‘Girls Around Me’? Should these apps come with warnings for both users and the women being stalked?
What are your thoughts? What do you think the future holds for dating trends?