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SkeamSaam: Lehasa caught in a tight situation

Lehasa is once again caught between a hard place and a rock. If it was up to you…what would you do bro?

The local man, Lehasa finds himself presented with a situation to either pick between his personal freedom and or the love of the woman he dearly loves.

SkeamSaam: Lehasa caught in a tight situation

In the episode from last night, Pretty and her boyfriend Lehasa were on a trip that was supposed to be a romantic getaway; however, they were interrupted by Pretty’s nightmare, Khwezi.

When Lehasa needs to go out and make amends for not being there for his girlfriend on her birthday, Khwezi’s uncle has brought the Makoti to Johannesburg so that he can stay with them.

Now, Lehasa is in a position where she must make a decision, and she must pick either Pretty or Khwezi.

According to the teasers that were released by TVSA in the month of October, Khwezi’s entire family is present in Johannesburg. This includes his aunties and uncles, and they have come to drop Khwezi off. At this point, the man must decide whether he will stay or leave.

According to what is written in the teaser, “Lehasa is forced to choose between the love of his life and his freedom.”

A survey reveals how and why people in South Africa use Tinder in the dating game

Tinder, Bumble, and OKCupid are just some of the dating apps that have become immensely popular as a direct result of the proliferation of the internet and mobile devices. It is now common practice to meet new potential romantic partners through the use of location-based apps, which have gained widespread acceptance. Tinder is by far the most popular dating application around the world, with over 6.5 million monthly downloads. This app is also very popular in South Africa.

A survey reveals how and why people in South Africa use Tinder in the dating game

Tinder is still commonly known as a “hook-up” app despite its many other uses. The vast majority of people view it as a means of looking for one-night stands or other transient sxual partners. Users primarily base their decisions about matches on how physically attractive they find each other, which is natural given the emphasis placed on pictures.

Tinder has made efforts to change people’s perceptions of online dating and to remove the stigma associated with it. One example of this is the app’s promotion of the hashtag #Tinderwedding, which highlights couples who met on Tinder and went on to find love.

Tinder has been brought up again, this time in a more ominous and comedic light, thanks to a recent documentary on Netflix called The Tinder Swindler. The true-crime documentary highlights the possibility of falling for someone who creates a fake identity on Tinder and “catfishes” you. This is also referred to as “catfishing.”

My research on Tinder was a component of a larger project that investigated the ways in which people in South Africa use a variety of social media apps in their day-to-day lives. My research has shown that despite the fact that the app has a reputation for being unreliable and that it can be likened to a game played on a smartphone, a significant number of people in South Africa use Tinder in the hope that they will meet potential long-term romantic partners. But an even greater number of people use it in a frivolous manner because they are bored, interacting with the app as if it were some kind of game.

The operation of Tinder

Tinder users start by creating a profile for themselves, which includes uploading photos and filling out some optional details about themselves. Users of the free version are only shown the profiles of those individuals who are physically located in the same general area as them. The user’s profile is displayed on the screen of the mobile device, and they can swipe either left or right to select or dismiss potential matches. It is possible for two users to communicate with one another through the app if both of them swipe right on the profile of the other user.

People were able to see matches from all over the world and make “quarantine buddies” because the “global” function of the app was made available to all users during the COVID-19 pandemic. This momentarily shifted the primary focus of the app away from dating and toward connecting with friends and other people.

The results obtained

My research on the use of Tinder in South Africa is based on a survey that was taken online by 260 different individuals, and then in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 of these respondents.

The survey was completed by predominantly white South Africans between the ages of 20 and 25, the majority of whom (70%) identified as being of the heterosxual orientation. I discovered that 56% of respondents downloaded the app because they were either bored or curious, 52% of respondents indicated that they were looking for love, and only 12% of respondents used the app for networking and finding friends. Therefore, more than half of people living in South Africa pass the time by using the dating app Tinder to scroll through and look through profiles of potential partners. In this way, it turns romance into a commodity. The rest are looking for someone to love them for the long haul.

Interviews conducted with users on a more in-depth level revealed that a significant emphasis is placed on how they present themselves. The vast majority of users reported that they were attempting to present a particular image of themselves on the app. Even though they claimed that their offline and online personas were the same, they selected images to present themselves in the most favorable light possible as desirable commodities.

Even though they considered themselves to be genuine on the internet, they reported finding a significant amount of dishonesty in the profiles of other people. A few of the participants admitted that in order to boost their chances of finding compatible partners, they had omitted certain facts about themselves, such as whether or not they smoked or had children.

Women have reported feeling more sxually liberated as a result of using the app and having access to a wider variety of potential partners. They also highlighted a sense of agency through the ability to “unmatch” from or block users they felt threatened by.

Given the high levels of crime and gender-based violence in South Africa, this may be of particular significance. Respondents stated that they mitigated risk by not disclosing identifying information such as their place of employment or residence, conducting initial messaging through the app before shifting the conversation to WhatsApp, and organizing the initial meet-up in a public location whenever possible.

People who participated in the survey stated that they pursued multiple matches at the same time, using the available profiles to peruse like they were looking through a catalog. Participants who were interviewed reflected that being matched with someone gave them a boost of self-confidence and a feeling of achievement, similar to how completing a level in a video game might.

What exactly does it all mean?

Tinder is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa as a means for people to broaden their dating options and improve the quality of the relationships they have with potential partners. People may have been more likely to have met one another in the past through social connections, friendship circles, or interest groups.

The dynamics of dating, love, and romance are all being reimagined as a result of the internet’s emergence as a potent social intermediary. Through this process, the conventionally held ideals of monogamy, commitment, and romantic love are being supplanted by the phenomenon of online engagements.

Tinder is an interesting phenomenon in South Africa because many people are using it to find long-term love and connection despite the app’s reputation as a hook-up app and despite the social fears that are associated with it.

Tinder, however, in my opinion, transforms the process of looking for a romantic partner online into something akin to a game. Matches are determined using very little knowledge or information about the other person, with only their carefully selected photographs serving as the sole source of this information.

Tinder users act like game players by making moves, choosing how to swipe or whether to send a message, and then deciding whether to meet in real life based on the “moves” of the other person in a game-like interface. These decisions are made based on the “moves” of the other person.

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