Are We a Swipe Away from Meeting Our Soulmate?

As our lives get get more hectic, technology has found a way to get us a soulmate without leaving your home.

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Online dating is arguably becoming the most popular way to find love, and Tinder – the free mobile application that has reportedly amassed 50 million users since its 2012 launch – has virtually (no pun intended) monopolized the scene; Marie Claire reports that even celebrities have started swiping. But why are people turning to the internet to find love? Whatever happened to good old-fashioned dating?

As it turns out, dating services are nothing new. From the late 17th century clear through the 19th matrimonial ads placed in newspapers by lonely bachelors were not uncommon (and are still a regular feature in contemporary Indian newspapers) and, in the U.S., had practical appeal for settlers seeking a partner to help establish homesteads.

Fast-forward to the 1960s – the heyday of game shows – and catch an episode of The Dating Game



Time-warp to the 80s, snag the newest Date-A-Max video and rewind for another glimpse of a potential soul mate! Okay, so maybe dating has never been easy; maybe this is “good old-fashioned dating.”

Whether people come to agree on this or not, the truth is online dating applications like Tinder, are not going anywhere.

Tinder is a simple concept. Users download the application to their phone, set up their account, and will then be prompted with potential matches fitting the user’s preferences.

If the user likes the person, they swipe right, if not, they swipe left.

If both users swipe right then they become a match and are given the opportunity to chat with one another.

But tinder is not all about just helping users find their potential soulmates.

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Tinder  can also be used for:

  • Hook-ups
  • Confidence boost
  • Passing time
  • Meeting people in Foreign countries

But the question comes down to why use an application on a phone to meet random people that live close by if  all that the user wants to get out of it is a random hook-up? Is that not dangerous?

Well of course it is dangerous to hook-up with someone randomly, however Tinder is not all about the hook-ups and a chance to use ridiculous pick-up lines Even with the dangers that could occur when meeting a stranger for the first time, why are college students still using Tinder?

Grace Houston, senior at Rockhurst University stated,“Because time is something I don’t have a lot of being in nursing school and when I’m on a break from classes it’s easy for me to see if there’s anyone on the app that I’m interested in talking to. It helps me to pass time, but it’s also given me chances to go on some fun dates with some nice guys.”

For Houston, the experience has been okay. She has not met her soulmate but she has had a decent experience because of it and knows others that have met their soulmate.

Although it may not seem like the way things should be done when it comes to dating to older generations, Tinder and other mobile dating applications are currently the way couples have started to meet.

So say so-long to the days of hearing stories about how your friends met at bars or in a coffee shop, because today’s world meet on Tinder.

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