Sex date in israel
How can we harness popular social media platforms for research purposes?
Can we differentiate between using them both personally and professionally?
Movement after sundown in the West Bank is restricted to those who have cars, and the dangers of night-time IOF raids, checkpoints, and the surge of attacks on settlers have to be factored in to travelling between spaces.
Safely building relationships and knowledge about members of both communities without arousing suspicion or compromising my well-being is a difficult task, not to mention building personal and even romantic relations with those around me.
For those not familiar with Tinder, it’s a hugely popular dating app that allows users to swipe through seemingly endless potential partners and form matches with those who were attracted to you.
Tinder functions by accessing the user’s location and showing Tinder users based on age, gender, and distance preferences from 1 to 160 kilometres away.
I was horrified and yet fascinated as I swiped my way through hundreds of profiles to see Israeli man after Israeli man, as close as 2 kilometres away, inside Palestine.
What are the ethical ramifications of using something like Tinder as a research tool?
If you stay inside Palestinian cities and you have no personal connections with Israelis, the spatiality of the occupation can be hard to understand.
Imagine being able to remotely and anonymously search through locals in your area, browse through pictures of them, and chat with those who also found you attractive.
Imagine if you could use your smartphone to do this from the comfort of your own home.
My research looks at everyday life and the politics of space amongst Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank.