Has online dating killed romance

So reads the slogan of one of the world's most populated and powerful apps.Ostensibly designed to allow people to meet, Tinder is - in both design and practice - a dating app designed to encourage, develop, and foster romantic relationships.


Single men and women don't need to waste time in half-hour conversations only to learn their interlocutor is taken, gay, straight, incompatible, or about to join the Peace Corps.

What can change is and our attitudes - and new technologies often bring to the surface, intensify, or normalise beliefs and behaviours that already existed.

Much of what I've described here happens every day in pubs, on public transport, and in countless ordinary human interactions: we engage with other people as objects first, and only later come to appreciate their full personhood.

It feeds into illusory beliefs we already have - that love can be made safe from risk, that we can predict the type of people who we might fall in love with, and that love is always conditional.

Of course, Tinder puts all these beliefs on steroids.

The app also boasts better user engagement than either Facebook or Instagram. Facebook is usually used to keep in touch with friends and family, to be involved in their lives.



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