Take some time to talk to your parents or aunties or older sisters. Ask them how their dating experiences were during their time. You’ll discover that during those days,due to minimal technology, dating was much more intimate with more interpersonal interactions. But the times have changed drastically.
With so many claims that dating apps are terrible, some decided to investigate what’s really going on when we swipe. The following are signs that apps are obliterating dating as we know it.
Unsolicited nude photos
There’s nothing worse than opening your Tinder and finding a naked penis staring you in the face. It’s alarming, it’s gross, and it’s upsetting. Unsurprisingly, though, 7 in 10 women report receiving sexually explicit messages and photos.
Swiping makes you lonely
Hinge found 54% of people who use swipe-based dating apps report feeling lonely after a swiping session. That could be because 4 our of 5 Hinge users can’t remember their last right swipe’s first name, or because other app users ignore their match’s first message half the time. Basically, that means people aren’t making real connections on these apps super often.
Browsing through a sea of humans is fun and can certainly occupy your mind, but as far as filling a void of loneliness, it’s not making the cut.
People lie (a lot)
On a couple different occasions, Hinge’s study shows that you definitely shouldn’t believe everything you see on the Internet.
The study found 30% of women have been lied to about a match’s relationship status. On top of that, 37% of men report they had been catfished on a swiping app. Even if you do match with someone who is single and who is the person in the pictures you saw, they might not really be invested in what’s going on. And finally, 22% of men who use Hinge have used a dating app while already on a date. Ugh.
The bottom line? Online dating sucks, but there are definitely some upsides. Plenty of people actually do find love using dating apps, or at least get some good stories out of it.