This website will tell you if your partner is using Tinder behind your back
Irrespective of how in love you are, it's not difficult to talk yourself into a paranoid spiral about what your significant other could be up to behind your back. In the age of social media that we live in, it's all too easy to trespass boundaries, whether that be emotionally or even physically.
Certainly, with dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr and Bumble being so readily available, we're able to indulge our curiosity, especially when things are fraught between our partners. Not only are the lines between harmless flirting and indulging in a full blown emotional affair increasingly blurry, but dating apps can provide a good outlet for those who are having trouble in their relationship or feel as if they're no longer desired within it.
So if you're noticing small but significant changes in your partners behaviour or have reason to believe that they could be up to no good, you're in luck. A website called Swipebuster, which launched last year, has a "search" function which allows you to see of your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or even potential love interest has been swiping right on Tinder.
Prior to Swipebuster, the only way you could tell if someone was using the dating app was by joining it and swiping through until you found them, or by pilfering their phone at the next available opportunity .
Charging a meagre $6.99 for three searches, all you have to do once you've signed up to Swipebuster is to type in the person's first name, gender, age and indicate whether you think it's likely that they're using the dating app.
As soon as you have done this, the website will let you know whether the person in question is using the app. It will display their choice of pictures, the last time they logged on, whether they are looking for men or women, and can even show you multiple results from one specific geographical region.
Now, I don't know about you but I immediately questioned the legality of such a service. However, Swipebuster's founder, a man who wishes to remain anonymous, insists that the information retrieved is already readily available to the public. He states:
"There is too much data about people that people themselves don't know is available [...] Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they're doing it."
Whilst this may worry Tinder users who presumed that their information was confidential, the company seems reluctant to do anything for customers who are worried about maintaining relative anonymity.
A spokesperson from the dating app asserted, "searchable information on the web site is public information that Tinder users have on their profiles. If you want to see who's on Tinder we recommend saving your money and downloading the app for free."
Although services such as Swipebuster may be incredibly helpful for some people, it remains to be seen whether it causes more problems than it fixes.