The popular dating app Tinder was launched on September 12, 2012, which means it’s been around for almost 10 years. Tinder is known for its swipe feature. If you potentially want to match someone, you swipe right. If you don’t, you swipe left. This blow changed dating forever.
According to CNBC, Tinder co-founder Jonathan Badeen came up with the swipe feature while in the shower. Badeen swept away a foggy mirror when he got out of the hot shower, then coded it into the Tinder platform. Since then, Tinder has become famous for the swipe.
There are now many different dating apps: Bumble, Hinge, Mutual, Christian Mingle, Farmers Only. Have these dating apps made us date differently?
What is the impact of dating apps on people?
The New York Times published an article that includes longtime online daters’ experiences with dating apps and their impact on their mental health. A user named Abby said: “I just feel exhausted. It’s really almost like this part-time job.
Abby told The Times that while using dating apps, she was harassed by a match and felt pressured into having sex with other matches. She said she feels exhausted, but she also feels compelled to keep using dating apps. Essy Knopf said that after her regular use of dating apps, “You start to feel very disposable. You start to feel like the promise of connection is just out of reach.
A study conducted at the University of North Texas found that people who use Tinder experience more adverse mental health effects than people who don’t. According to Pew Research, 45% of dating app users say dating apps have frustrated them. Only 28% say the apps have given them hope.
What do most people do to date someone?
According to Pew Research, three in 10 Americans say they have used a dating app. Unsurprisingly, younger generations use dating apps much more than older generations. Forty-eight percent of American adults between the ages of 18 and 48 have used dating apps.
A 2022 Pew Research study found that the pandemic is making dating difficult for most people. Sixty-three percent of singles looking to date say the pandemic has made things harder to date than before. Many daters still use the technology to this day.
An article on Helen Fisher’s research on pandemic dating said more Americans are looking to settle down during and after the pandemic than they were before the pandemic. Additionally, video dating has become more popular. Over 50% of Gen Z and Millennials video chat before the first date.
If using algorithms to find love isn’t for you, some millennials are turning to offline dating after experiencing the cycle of burnout too many times.