Online dating and its global impact | The Economist

Online dating and its global impact | The Economist


Whether you’re after guys
with bushy beards… …a partner who has a passion
for classical music… …or you want to find love for you
and your pooch… …there’s a dating app
to meet your needs In 1995 match.com became
the first major online dating site Today, there are hundreds
of sites and apps It’s gone from taboo –
to the thing to do But what impact is this
having on society? Whitney Wolfe could lay claim to being
the 21st century’s most prolific cupid As co-founder of dating app
Tinder and CEO of Bumble… …her digital-dating devices
have generated 20bn matches Some people might say app dating has
completely revolutionised their life They’ve now found the love of their life and
they would have never in 100 years… …ever run into that person Today, around 295 million people use
online dating services all around the world The Netherlands tops the list, with
12.5% of the population dating online South Korea follows closely
behind with 12.4% In China, one app alone, Momo,
has 180 million registered users You have to think about what
dating was before It was limited to your social network,
to the people you knew And the funny thing about the way
we act as people… …we don’t always branch out We don’t always expand our networks But online dating has enabled people to
meet potential partners from further afield I really do think it expands horizons… …and gives you access to being
with people that… …you traditionally would have never had
the chance to really grow close to One study by researchers at MIT suggests
that online dating in America… …has led to more interracial marriages The technology has also made
it much easier… …for people in minority groups
to meet each other 70% of gay couples in America
now meet online Dating apps are also popular with single,
middle-aged people looking for love Some argue the apps are breaking down
barriers and changing social norms Whitney Wolfe launched Bumble,
because she wanted an app… …where women make the first move Traditionally speaking in real life women
wouldn’t have made the first move… …they generally don’t make the first move… …because society says that’s not
the right way to do it Society judges them for that… …and often blames and shames them for
behaving in a confident fashion Despite the benefits of online dating,
there are concerns too Meeting total strangers is risky Fake profiles are common and sexual
predators can exploit the sites In Britain, the increase in online dating
has gone hand-in-hand… …with a rise in dating-related crime,
although the numbers are small Despite the growing popularity
of online dating… …the majority of straight couples in
America still meet through friends But according to the projections of
some online dating companies… …30% of all relationships will start
online by 2026 Online dating is big,
and it’s set to get bigger Maybe online love will conquer all?

39 thoughts on “Online dating and its global impact | The Economist

  1. I met my long-term girlfriend on tinder. It took me a while, and in all honesty i had a number of weird dates, but now I couldn't be happier.

  2. Women don't make the first move on Bumble any more than on Tinder. They'll send "Hi", a gif, or an emoji and put the ball in the guy's court to make the real first move.

    That said, I'm a big advocat of dating apps. I've been with my girlfriend for almost a year and we met through Tinder. I honestly doubt I'd have ever met someone so right for me through social networks.

  3. I love how they made "women don't make the first move" a "women are judged and oppressed" when it's actually men who are the victims of this stereotype
    we, men, are supposed to make the first move
    if we don't, we're losers, our male friends see us as pussies (triggered?), women seemingly see as as those as well
    but yeah, muh oppressed womyn

  4. Just please dont,i mean what’s the point of meeting total stranger?Better to find new job or hobby,meet new people and than find other half there,i mean it’s kind of joke for me to meeting someone totally randomly only focusing how does he/she looks,and as she said many people make fake profiles so even if you’re boy u can pretend to be girl and make joke from people or lie about your appearance.Humanity it’s time to stop,it’s sick and it’s destroying our generation!!!

  5. As an average guy I will never subject myself to online dating, unless I'm in Asia or something lol, the odds are just so crazy skewed I might as well talk to 20 girls at my local uni library instead

  6. I tried it back when Match.com started in the 90s, tried it again about 10 years after that, and again 10 years after that with Tinder, as well as numerous other approaches to finding dates online. Out of probably 500 hours wasted, if not more, I got about 4 dates out of it, a couple of one-night stands, and a lot of bullshit, fakery, games, and lies…i think the longest i dated anyone from online was like 4 dates.

    You are much better off walking to the nearest Starbucks and talking to girls/boys you find attractive in a direct manner and going from there. I could write 50 pages about why online dating just doesn't work. Although, yes, you do hear some success stories.

  7. Bumble is a site for CEO's and CEO wannabes. Tinder is a site for shallow minded money fixated millennials and worn out middle aged women seeking a foot warmer and someone to complain to before bed. Online dating apps are built on objectification and superficiality – apps based on male sexual cues are apps doomed to fail. Any true feminist knows such. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/5-facts-about-online-dating/

  8. Lol what a bunch of horse shit. Online "dating" is not dating at all. It's a strict hook up culture which gives women all the power.
    You are judged strictly on your looks. If you aren't model tier and or rich you will NEVER have success & get the women YOU REALLY want.

    It has turned women into shallow materialistic narcissist hollow whores. It's the reason divorce rates are at all time high & the core of family values have broken apart completely.
    Online dating has played a major role in breaking down society.
    Men have absolutely nothing to gain from online dating or just about having any relationship with today's toxic western women. MGTOW 4 life

  9. I forgot to mention most women on these sites are post wall fat ugly single mother cunts who still live in a delusional world where they think of themselves as a hot number.
    Others include, but not limited to are psycho feminist cunts, junkie sluts and literal whores aka escorts who use dating sites to get new clients.
    And of course the increasing number of bots who will have "fun" with you if you just sign up on some site

  10. 2:35 society does NOT judge ladies from making the first move. Women themselves choose not to make the first move because they prefer men to do so. Don't always blame everything on the society.

  11. Online dating is bullshit. Conversations that go nowhere, everybody flakes, it gives too much damn choice so nobody tries to learn anything about anyone.

  12. With the rise of the risk of being accused of being 'too forward' in your approach, whether you are on the street, in a club or pub and not least the embarrassment factor of being turned down. Online dating sites like Tinder will grow and grow as the only accepted form of meeting people of the opposite sex for relationships.

  13. Who bought out “The Economist”? All of a sudden they’re promoting online dating … & without a seconds reference to “the dopamine effect”? The billions of dollars generated exploiting a social epidemic of loneliness? The reality that it’s utter BS? Fixed algorithms? Gender bias to engage more women? Think I’m gonna have to renew my “Readers Digest” subscription. What a total crock.

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