In the past decade, few cultural norms have undergone a more drastic change than dating – and we have the popularization of the dating app to thank for that. But as we all continue to digitize our day-to-day existence and become increasingly reliant on connecting through texts and DMs, it’s a trend that’s only continued to grow.
In 2013, only 5 percent of people ages 18 to 24 used dating apps. According to the Pew Research Center, the amount of users leapt to 22 percent in 2016. This once highly stigmatized social media platform has somehow become the de facto way to date, a process that has also continued to mystify many.
I’ll be the first to admit that I – as someone who’s met every single one of their long-term relationships, hookup buddies, and summer romances thanks to the swipe factory – have experienced my fair share of dating app disappointment. Read more