Large dating reality
“Whereas if you’re meeting someone purely based on geographic location, there’s definitely a greater chance that they would be different from you in some way.”But there’s also a downside to dating beyond one’s natural social environment.
“People who are not very similar to their romantic partners end up at a greater risk for breaking up or for divorce,” she says.
Dating apps originated in the gay community; Grindr and Scruff, which helped single men link up by searching for other active users within a specific geographic radius, launched in 20, respectively.
Shortly thereafter, many more dating apps came online.
The relationship economy has certainly changed in terms of people are looking for is largely the same as it ever was: companionship and/or sexual satisfaction.
Meanwhile, the underlying challenges—the loneliness, the boredom, the roller coaster of hope and disappointment—of being “single and looking,” or single and looking for Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, two of Tinder’s founders, have said in interviews that the inspiration for Tinder came from their own general dissatisfaction with the lack of dating opportunities that arose naturally—or, as Rad Tinder has indeed helped people meet other people—it has expanded the reach of singles’ social networks, facilitating interactions between people who might never have crossed paths otherwise.
“Because a few of them will say to me, ‘Uhhh, we met on Tinder’—like, ‘Where else do you think we would have met?
’” Plus, he adds, it’s never a good start to therapy when a patient thinks the therapist is behind the times or uncool.