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Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed Of Online Dating from admin's blog

As the number of relationships that have started online increases (it is now the second most common way to meet someone new), has the stereotype of an average online dater being old, desperate and lonely gone?

There is a huge market in online dating and no shortage of specialist sites suiting people with similar interests, hobbies and cultures. The more traditional online dating sites allow you to upload some photos, write an about you, list your favourite hobbies, your height, weight and any other information you decide. And then if the site doesn’t match make for you, you browse through the thousands, narrowing down on the handy side panels and carefully choose some people whose profiles seem attractive to you.  It’s a bit like online window shopping but for a relationship.

Modern apps like Tinder completely cut out the comparably lengthy process and allows you to quickly decide yes or no based on a profile photo, and if you wish to look further; a short sentence or two on their ‘about me’ section. In an age where everything has been shortened with digital technology, this kind of communication has become incredibly popular, but should it really be described as a dating app. Tinder describes themselves as a lifestyle app which acts as a platform for connecting new and interesting people around you. This fast paced system has become popular especially within the younger generation who wish to meet up for casual short term relationships, if not a one night stand. These apps are much more playful and less serious than traditional online dating sites which help to lessen the idea that the user is desperate or seriously looking for a relationship and therefore not associated with the stereotypically older online dater looking for love.

There are plenty of internet pages dedicated to users sharing their experiences using these apps including the funniest, creepiest and cheesiest chat up attempts they’ve encountered which also helps to keep the whole thing a lot more light hearted. It seems to be used as a way for young people to ‘hook up’ rather than find love or anything long-term. Jean-Claude Kaufmann in his book Love Online discusses the change in relationships since the millennium.  Thanks to online dating sites, Kaufmann suggests, “there was now a vast hypermarket for love and/or sex, in which everyone was both a buyer and seller who openly stated what they wanted and tried to satisfy their needs as efficiently as possible.”

Considering by 2030 it has been predicted that 1 in 2 relationships will begin online, so far apps such as Tinder ultimately seem to have helped partly remove the embarrassment of engaging in online dating especially within the younger 20-somethings. For now, although it is generally becoming more socially acceptable, it would only take a few swipes on these apps to realise there is still a slight stigma attached to the idea of online dating as a large number of people have written in their bio: “if anyone asks, we met in a bar”.  

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Added Jul 30 '19


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