Online dating is now the second most popular way of meeting someone special. Although it was only just a few years ago that online dating evoked thoughts of desperation and awkward blind dates, it is now becoming increasingly more popular with people of all walks of life.
Online dating is no longer confined to eHarmony profiles or long-winded OKcupid odes to romance and walks on the beach. Nowadays social media hook-up sites mean that your potential soul mate is one swipe and a cheesy imessage away.
Dating app Tinder has become wildly popular in the last six months. Possibly due to the fact that it allows users to unashamedly do all the things that most people do online anyway, but won’t admit it. That is, make snap-judgments based on shallow and meaningless presumptions founded on someone’s online presence. Essentially turning passing judgment into a past time.
Although the co-founder of Tinder Justin Mateen has not specified how many active users the site has, statistics state that the app is being downloaded 10,000 to 20,000 times a day. Sixty percent of these users check it daily, with many doing so five or more times a day.
There are even online dating sites for those looking to venture outside of their relationships. With companies like Ashley Madison copping a lot of criticism for helping people have extra-marital affairs.
With the rise of internet dating, stalking online is also concurrently becoming an increasing phenomenon. As the amount of information shared by users online grows, as does the risk of harassment. A study reported in the Seattle Times stated that twenty five percent of online daters had felt harassed by someone on an online dating site.
Admittedly I am skeptical about the ability to begin a long-term relationship on Tinder and hearing a number of horror stories from my friends has definitely encouraged my cynicism.
However, finding that special someone can be a hard and alienating task and apps like Tinder, as shallow as it may be, may make wading through the proverbial dating pond a lot more efficient. It also depends on what you are using the dating app or website for and how much you are willing to invest in it.
Have you ever met someone online? What you think about Tinder?
Originally published here: http://www.socialmediamonitors.com.au/online-dating-and-the-tinder-phenomenon/