Sociology and online dating
And you can get more out of it than just meeting your soulmate (or a frustrating future ex).“I think online dating has actually strengthened people’s desires to find more friends,” Wang says.“I’ve always thought of online dating as more of an introductory service than a dating service,” Wang says.The goal, as he sees it, is to chat for no more than a week or two, and if things seem good, set up a date as soon as possible.When you’re online dating, why do you swipe left on one person and swipe right on another?
The online and offline worlds are often the same pool of people.
If you’re not looking for a life partner, Tinder, Hinge or Grindr might be for you: they’re less text-heavy, and built around your interactions with multiple (or even single) photos.
People using it are not putting in a huge amount of emotional effort: someone might look at one photo and swipe.
“Online dating has granted us access to this overwhelming abundance of people,” Wang says.
But with limited time and energy to devote to the sometimes exhausting search for romance, what should you do?
And this is a good thing: It’s democratized dating and given people more choices and more diversity in who they meet and consider for a possible relationship.