"There's a very limited representation of bodies when it comes to media in general, especially when it comes to women" she says.
But at 34, she found herself newly divorced and facing a dating scene that she felt focused more on her looks than the one she'd remembered.
"I feel like the entire culture has changed so much," she says. Everyone is just judging based on appearance."That said, the idea that apps are to blame for people's obsession with their prospective partners' looks isn't completely fair.
Their CEO, who started the app after suing Tinder over sexual harassment she experienced as a cofounder there, has always been an outspoken advocate against sexual harassment and abuse.
Tinder itself recently launched reactions in conjunction with updated messaging standards, reporting options, and new community guidelines.
she's fresh out of a long-term relationship with someone she met on Tinder.
But even though her last stint in the digital dating world ended with a fairly happy relationship, Craig isn't jumping to reenter the scene — partly because of her past experiences."When I was first on the apps, I experienced people fat-shaming me," she says.These changes point to an understanding on the part of app developers about how harassment affects some of its users, particularly those who are plus-size.Unfortunately, small tweaks to interfaces can only do so much if all users don't play by apps' often easy-to-break rules.This may sound like pure optics, but apparently it's working: "Since we launched the pledge, we've seen decreases in harassment, both from reports and our machine-learning technology that detects harassing language," says Melissa Hobley, the chief marketing officer of Ok Cupid."We know that women in particular are really frustrated at how dating apps are set up to be incredibly focused on appearance.So we spend a huge amount of time deliberating how we can make Ok Cupid better at highlighting your passions, your beliefs, and your interests.".