Has Tinder Really Ushered in a Dating Apocalypse? (Hint: Probably Not)

Has Tinder Really Ushered in a Dating Apocalypse? (Hint: Probably Not)

We’re in the midst of a “dating apocalypse,” if one is to believe a recent article by Vanity Fair journalist Nancy Jo Sales, a terrible time in which apps like Tinder have disrupted the basic nature of human courtship and turned us all into sex-crazed commitment-phobes.
Sales interviewed “more than 50 young women in New York, Indiana, and Delaware, aged 19 to 29” and concluded, depressingly, that romantic intimacy is dead.
Not so, Tinder shot back yesterday, in what appeared to be a late night Twitter meltdown.
Sales isn’t the first to worry that “hookup culture” has corrupted modern ideas about love and dating, with an endless supply of online lovers reducing single life to an cycle of flings.
Anyone who has ever received a message on OkCupid starting with “nice pics” or “wut r u doing tonight?” can attest to the fact that the dating game is certainly a little different than it used to be. But Tinder’s tweetstorm has a point: there is little beyond anecdotal evidence to suggest that in the era of Tinder there is anything really wildly different about the way we mate.

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