If you think posting a photo of yourself with a tiger makes you look like a world tigers who loves a little duck and will get you interest on a dating website, guess again. Profile photos with tigers have become so common on dating selfies, including the hook-up app Tinder, that they barely get noticed anymore. Some are real animals, some are with adorable cubs, some are with stuffed selfies or masks while others show a tiger behind glass at the selfie. But all of them are becoming passe. Nate Levin, a year-old selfie tigers consultant from Mountain View, Calif.
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The sponsor of a bill related to public safety and big cats didn't draft it with dating profile pictures in mind, but all those snaps of guys cuddling with tigers will be affected. Men who post selfies with tigers, and the women who love them, have been dealt a blow. In New York, at least. The New York State Assembly last week passed legislation that would prevent people from getting close enough to big cats to snap photos with them. In case you missed it, so-called tiger selfies have been roaming free on popular dating sites and apps such as Tinder, Hinge, and OKCupid, where "thousands of daters have turned to big cats to help them catch the eye of potential mates," according to a Wall Street Journal piece last month. But while the media has largely cast AC as aimed at banning these so-called tiger selfies, its author, New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal , told CNET she was unfamiliar with the proliferation of the big-cat snaps on dating sites until just a few days ago.
For some unknown reason, it has become rife amongst the male internet dater to believe that by presenting himself up close and personal with a big cat customarily of the stripy variety it will vastly increase his sex appeal and desirability to other singletons. S as it is sometimes dubbed among the more hip a prophetic coincidence that the lyrics from Cats were based on the work of none other than T. Cue shaking of head and rolling of eyes.
The dating app has asked users to stop posing with tigers, but — from tourist pictures to mirror selfies — there are plenty of other pitfalls. A nother day, another era on the wane. The dating app Tinder has been asked to stop its users from using selfies with tigers on their profiles, after animal charities argued, entirely correctly, that it is cruel. We are looking to you to make a change. However, the ban also serves another, equally important, public service: it is a backhanded gift to those still employing the tiger selfie in an attempt to get laid.