To Swipe or Not to Swipe: What Tinder Can Teach Us About Acting

Robert Duvall says acting is simply “talking and listening.” If that’s true, then connection is an essential part of the equation. You can’t actually listen to someone with your head buried in an iPhone or while staring at the text of your scene during class. Connection requires something deeper. It requires presence, eye contact (ideally), and active listening. But we constantly seek connection through the wrong channels in our acting and in our life. Enter…Tinder.

I just joined Tinder. 

I’m always late to the party. But maybe that’s a good thing, because with the exception of those people who’ve found their “match” on such dating apps, I’m using it more as a social experiment to figure out human nature. (And I’m feeling a bit like Mary Shelley’s monster through the process. Fire. Is. Bad.)

Everything that technology (and thereby our phones) claims to be creating is some sort of innovation to enhance greater “connection.”

It makes sense. We’re hardwired to connect. It’s in our DNA. It’s part of our tribal consciousness that’s been carried down through the millennia. Get kicked out of the tribe, you don’t survive…

Read the rest of this article and watch a video with Anthony Meindl on Backstage.

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