Dating is easier than it’s ever been.
Or at least, that’s what millennials have all been fooled to believe.
Teen dating apps are one of the most common ways to find someone these days, whether you’re single, or just dating around. The real issue with dating apps is they’re mainly for hookups and one-nighters, not a long-term relationship. But perhaps with this generation, this is all they’re looking for.
Tinder, an online dating app, went viral back in 2015, and users swipe left or right depending on if they want to date the profile that pops up on their screen. Another app, called Bumble, is similar—yet it gives girls the opportunity to make the first move, and guys can’t message first. Since 2012, statistics show that Tinder has made over 8 billion matches since its initial launch, and Bumble has had over 27 million downloads alone since the app started up in 2017.
In an article written by Forbes, an interview on the founder of Bumble, Whitney-Wolfe, explained that dating is no longer a man’s game, but females have just as much of a chance as they do, and that’s why the app is designed around females making the first move.
Other dating apps such as Match or The League try to find more ‘intellectual’ type people, in hopes that matching up with others won’t just be another one-night stand.
Personally, I believe people should date the traditional way, but with society’s constant move towards everything online, and less socializing, it seems as if it’s more difficult to find someone long-term, and millennials want to have fun, sleep around, and then do it all over again with someone else. Not everyone—but dating apps portray this constant cycle, in disgusting repetition, anytime users get on to swipe.
Some though do want long-term relationships, so they try for dating apps that are safer, such as eHarmony or religious apps, like Christian Mingle. The hopes here are that maybe people on these apps just don’t know how to go about dating, but want a long-term commitment with someone, and are hoping to stumble across that perfect person who has the same values and beliefs they do.
Really, all of it is a long shot.
Mainly, millennials are using dating apps as a confidence booster.
Posting a picture and getting guys to comment and ask you out, or vice versa gives teens the ability to feel wanted, and even needed, and it gives them a sense of control.
Are dating apps the answer, then?
I would say they are not—but for now, it’s easy, convenient, and its what’s trending.