Swiping Right for Love

Posted on 2016-12-15 by Sean Williamson

The modern world moves faster and faster, and there is a sense that everything is changing. Technology is increasingly blending with our daily activities, and this is affecting the way we do things and the way we interpret things.

Being able to do things such as complete work emails or play casino games on the go certainly fits into our busy lifestyle, and so too do the dating apps that have become so readily available. These apps are becoming more and more normalised in modern societies around the world, and seem to represent the challenges and rewards facing the daters of today.

Seeing Behind the Filter

profile shot and a Yes swipeAnyone who uses dating apps will tell you that they can be both stressful and tiresome. You’re trying to expose yourself in the best light within very tight parameters, and you might have to go on a huge number of bad dates before you meet someone you actually like.

Experts in different fields are examining and interpreting how dating apps are impacting individuals and larger societal groups too. Those specialising in anthropology and psychology have a special interest in the effect of dating apps, as do those whose interests lie in philosophy.

When one considers that finding true love is such a universal goal in society and that this affects almost everyone, it’s unsurprising that philosophers have a lot to say about dating and, in today’s climate, about dating apps.

One approach is to apply the philosophies of old masters to the modern, instant gratification of the serial daters who swipe right or left dozens of times a day. Nietzsche, for example, believed that acting impulsively was both decadent and hedonistic, and that these behaviours were signposts to nihilism. Considering the immediate nature of extremely edited images and information that most dating apps necessitate, this is perhaps a warning that is well worth heeding!

So Many Apps, So Many Matches

When Tinder first burst onto the scene in 2013 it was a real game-changer, and most people had not really seen anything like it before. That’s no longer the case, and dating apps have really flooded the market. Although Tinder is still a force to be reckoned with, there are many more apps that target more specific demographics and are felt by their users to perform a superior service to Tinder.

Coffee meets Bagel, for example, is an app that focuses on women as its primary users and tailors its services to what they might need. By the same token, Kickoff uses the data on social media sites to match people who already have friends in common, and The League takes exclusivity to a higher level with screenings and interviews.

Looking for Love in all the Right Places

Tinder Yes swipeDating apps need to update and improve their products regularly to remain competitive, and this does seem to be what Tinder is doing. For example, on Tinder it is now possible to identify yourself as transgender, pangender, bigender or gender-nonconforming as well as male and female, which many users find a refreshing update. The latest version of the app also suggests matches to you based on your previous Yes swipes, among other changes.

Hinge, the dating app that followed Tinder, has also made some changes and works more like a social networking site now. Rather than basing everything on a single profile shot and a Yes swipe, it allows interested parties to scroll through your profile and read your answers to prompted questions as they go along. In a world where it seems that dating apps are here to stay, it’s good to see that they can also evolve.