Is the art of romance dead? Well that depends on how you define romance.
The image of the stereotype of a male coming to the door to pick up a female for a date still can exist, but why knock when you can always text the girl that you are in the driveway? Media is changing the way we date today and thanks to apps like Tinder, dating is becoming even more tech-savvy. After downloading Tinder, you just sign in through Facebook, pick a flattering picture of yourself and you’ll be matched with photo after photo of potential mates. You pick a gender (male, female or both), then decide how far or close you want them to be (10 to 100 miles away) and how old (18 to 50+.) It’s like ordering pizza. You can also write a tagline to describe yourself and add a few more photos for people who want to learn more about you before making their choice. All you do is swipe right if you approve of someone’s appearance or swipe left if you’re not into them. Once you reject someone, the poor fool won’t be able to contact you. But if you both swipe right, you’ll be able to chat up a storm until you make plans for drinks at a mutually agreeable and safe location.
According to an article in Entrepreneur, Tinder strikes up some 10 million matches a day worldwide. To date, the viral smash hit has made one billion matches. The irony is that the 27- year-old co-founder and chief executive Sean Rad has said that the pressure to keep those who hookup happy and coming back is intense that the 27-year-old claims he’s okay with sacrificing his own youth and personal growth and development to keep Tinder sparking new relationships across the world. You’d think he’d get a few more “swipe rights.”
Online dating is here to stay and it is only improving from this point on. There isn’t as much stigma today as there once was since it is so common. A recent Pew study found that 11 percent of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile apps — a figure that was just 3 percent five years ago. Among Internet users who were currently single and looking for a partner, 38 percent had tried online dating. However, according to the Pew study, 21 percent of Internet users agree with the statement: “People who use online dating sites are desperate.” Pew notes that’s an eight-percentage-point decline from 2005. Still, there seems to be lingering judgment about using a smartphone to find someone to love. Perhaps this depends on location and social circles more than anything. If you are in a big city, with lots of busy young professionals, the odds are higher that more people will be on the Tinder app as opposed to a smaller suburban area where more people are getting married in their mid-twenties.
Do you Tinder? If so, do you feel judged? Let me know in the comments!