Well, I am bored and the articles for next week are not up yet- so here goes. As far as Tinder is concerned, I find it difficult to follow any of the claims made by the author of the article. I find it hard to believe he is an economist at all. The claims he makes that point to Tinder as a failure apply in some degree to all online dating services; accordingly they are all more or less inefficient methods of dating, and are subject to market place failures. However the markets exist- and are thriving. The fact is proven by the existence of online dating websites. So economically, they make plenty of sense. Micro economically, from his own tastes and preferences, this is perhaps another story. The main example he gives to prove the inefficiency can easily be countered as well, as there are plenty of ppl who do not enjoy the whole 'bar scene' and seek other avenues of dating. You pay ridiculous amounts of money for a couple drinks, listen to tasteless or too-loud music, and subject yourself to people who enjoy the aforementioned environment. Talk about opportunity costs.. But even so, his other points are salient- and there are already markets that cater to what he is aiming toward. Hmm. Perhaps Tinder is filling another niche in the vast and varied demands of humanity, possibly?
The stable marriage problem.
What a joke. Ppl learn how to analyze things from a numerical viewpoint, and it seems many forget the human aspect, as if a numerical reality is somehow to be preferred, or something that should be enforced. One of the great things about being human is your freedom to be yourself- the kind of person you respect, and can look at in the mirror every day without batting an eyelash. Numbers only do so much for ppl, and androids will never dream of electric sheep.
I think all dating methods are more or less 'inefficient' from a numerical perspective, and ought not be judged solely from a market/economical view. We are talking about complex social functions carried out in endless variety in all societies on earth, and all a mathematical/economical minded person can think to do is make it 'more efficient'? What does that even mean?
Is dating really about going out and magically finding one person to spend time with? Or is there a learning curve involved as well, during which a person learns more about society in general? Perhaps, even, ppl need to be on the dating scene for a little while to form realistic expectations of what they can expect from a serious relationship. Maybe they will even learn a little about themselves in the process.