Badeen told Fast Company: “I used to play a long time ago, and whenever you play somebody with a really high score, you end up gaining more points than if you played someone with a lower score.
“It’s a way of essentially matching people and ranking them more quickly and accurately based on who they are being matched up against.” Carr also received an insight from a Tinder data analyst Chris Dumler, who described the secret rankings as a “vast voting system”.
As far as one could tell, it was a purely emotional surrender and involved any proven attempts by the young man to get access to information that should remain confidential with the secretary and her boss.
Nor was there any indication that the president and the secretary were or had been lovers.
In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage.
The board of directors objected, because they liked the up-and-coming man, had invested company funds in his training, and had gladly met the offers he had received from competitors by paying him a very high salary; in fact, they had done all this at the suggestion of the president who now wanted him fired.
A look into the situation showed that the presidents private secretary had fallen in love with the young man.
She was helped to a better job with another company; a storm in an office teapot had been averted and a company had been saved from the high cost of replacing an executive.
This incident is trivial enough and on the surface hardly worth much attention from the consulting sociologist.