Should Height Verification On Online Dating Platforms Be A Thing?
As a woman who is 5’9 and towers well over 6 feet with heels, the height of my partner means a lot to me. It’s a superficial requirement I can’t hide from, but as people say “everyone has their preferences.”
But it seems like a large population of men were triggered by these preferences, when dating app Tinder decided to pull an April Fool’s Joke on its users by announcing they would now require height verification on their platform.
The idea, though a simple prank, was refreshing for girls like me who fear meeting a guy they found online in person and finding out he’s way shorter than expected. Not knowing someone’s height could lead to an uncomfortable first encounter–one that is easily avoided.
But on the other hand, some outraged men saw the idea as a form of body shaming. Let’s keep it real—would we want to verify our boob size? Hip to waist ratio? Real hair versus fake hair? The list can go on and on.
But the platform insists that the joke was just that…a joke. And that it instead would like to encourage platform users to date outside of their comfort zone.
Tinder CMO Jenny Campbell told The Daily Dot, “To celebrate April Fool’s Day, we wanted to raise awareness that really only 14.5% of the U.S. male population is over 6′ despite the many Tinder bios claiming otherwise. This caused quite a stir among our users, and while we aren’t really verifying height, we do encourage people to stand proudly in their truth when filling out their bios. And conversely, we encourage all Tinder users to keep an open mind while swiping. Sometimes your most unexpected match can lead to amazing things.”
Everyone should try to be a little more open minded, but we also don’t need to force physical preferences upon people. After all, your choice of life partner should be a completely autonomous one. And it can be done without shaming those who aren’t your “type.”