24-year-old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe of Crossville, Alabama, was working with a construction crew in Huntingburg, Indiana, when he met a woman on the mobile dating app Tinder. The pair allegedly had consensual sex before Vanherreweghe (How do you even pronounce that?) became violent and raped his victim at the hotel where the crew was staying. It took his co-workers to get the key for the hotel room door for the woman to be able to make her escape. Vanherreweghe is only being held on $15,000 bond.
I hate to be the old man yelling at clouds, but back in my day, in the olden times of the internet, not only did it take a long ‘getting to know you’ process before meeting someone, even then there was a huge danger of meeting them in meat space. Now it seems that with apps like Tinder, users seem to be meeting people that day without any serious vetting process.
If I was in the dating pool today, even if I was in my 20s, I doubt I would use an app like Tinder. Not only does it seem to focus on the superficial but I imagine it attracts many of the same creeps that haunt places like the personals section of craigslist. A real relationship doesn’t begin with a swipe.