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    Steven Robinson

    The Rising Trend of 'Revenge Blocking' in Dating Apps

    The advent of the digital age has radically transformed how we forge romantic connections. Dating apps are no longer an anomaly but a mainstream tool to meet potential partners. However, like any sphere of human interaction, the dating app landscape is not without its share of issues. One such rising trend is 'revenge blocking', a practice where users manipulate a functionality within the software to block others, and in some cases, get them booted off the platform entirely. This action, born out of a variety of motivations, is creating ripple effects on how individuals navigate these digital spaces.

    The birth of revenge blocking is an offshoot of two fundamental human traits: our desire for control and our need for revenge. When a romantic interaction does not go as planned, feelings of rejection or hurt may spur some users to retaliate. With dating apps providing the blocking feature ostensibly for user protection, it's become a handy tool for these disgruntled individuals to exert control and seek a form of digital vengeance.

    For some, revenge blocking is a twisted form of closure, a way to ensure they don't cross paths with the person who snubbed them. For others, it's a power play, a digital form of 'cancel culture', where the act of blocking someone can lead to the person being reported enough times to get kicked off the platform. This new trend presents a stark contrast to the dating apps' initial promise of endless potential matches and a larger dating pool, where now, users may find themselves abruptly ousted from the pool.

    While revenge blocking might provide temporary satisfaction, it can create long-term problems within the community of users. It fosters a toxic environment where people use the platform's features to punish others rather than for personal security. It inhibits genuine users from potentially meaningful connections and can negatively affect their overall experience.

    The creators of dating apps, though unintentionally, have handed users a double-edged sword. On one side, there's the necessary feature of blocking, vital for personal safety and mental health. On the flip side, this feature can be, and is being, misused. However, an outright removal of the blocking feature is not a solution either, as it would compromise users' safety and comfort.

    Addressing this issue effectively requires a multi-pronged approach. Firstly, dating apps can refine their algorithms and policies to detect patterns of misuse, like repetitive blocking or reporting without valid reasons. They could also implement additional checks before deactivating a user's account based on multiple reports, reducing the chances of innocent users being unfairly penalized.

    On the user's part, developing better digital etiquette is crucial. It's essential to remember that behind every profile, there's a person with feelings, and we should treat each other with respect and kindness, even when things don't work out. Emotional maturity and good communication skills can often resolve issues that might otherwise lead to revenge blocking.

    Awareness of the issue is the first step to tackling it. As users, we need to be cognizant of the power that these digital tools lend us and wield it responsibly. just because we can do something doesn't mean we should.

    The digital dating scene, though filled with potential, is also fraught with pitfalls. As we navigate these spaces, it's critical to remember that these platforms should be conduits of connection, not weapons of emotional warfare. as we swipe right or left, let's also strive to treat each other right in this ever-evolving landscape of digital romance.

    'Revenge blocking' is not a trend to be overlooked. Its implications ripple out, affecting individuals and the broader dating app culture. For dating apps to remain a positive force in society, we need to address these behaviors head-on. As users, we hold the power to shape the culture of these platforms, and we should strive to make them environments of respect, understanding, and genuine connection.

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    Sir, your assertion that someone is blocked for "revenge" is silly. People block you because you have either done something that insulted, demeaned or disrespected them, or because they no longer wish to communicate with you (having met someone more suitable) and don't know how to end things without drama. Men get blocked most often for saying inappropriate things, sending inappropriate cringy pictures, or making inappropriate requests of women which are just flat out disgusting. Blocking is safer especially for women, as many men do not take rejection well - even if from a complete stranger on a dating app and will act stupid. Rather than engage him, the women just deuce out and block him. That is not going to change no matter how much you don't like it. 

    Your article expresses the belief that you are OWED an explanation of why someone doesn't want to be bothered with you, and OWED the opportunity to disagree with their position via an algorithm or personal intervention. Contrere mon frere. No one on a dating app owes you JACK. Guys with your mentality need to get over yourselves and learn how to move on gracefully like a G. When men feel entitled and whine about being blocked, its really not sexy and women cringe at dealing with such fellows. Instead, men need to consider what they did or said to motivate a woman to block them! Then stop doing or saying those things.

    I strongly suggest you rethink your position and your belief that you deserve ANYTHING from a stranger on an app. Understand that the entire concept of a dating app swiping based on someone's face alone is nothing sensible anyway. 

    Get offline and go to events this summer. Meet young ladies in person and have fun engaging conversations with them in real life. Talk, laugh, hold hands, stare into each others eyes, share your strengths and weaknesses, and really get to KNOW people offline in the real world. That is how humans are meant to socialize, not over the phone or via a stupid app. 

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