Dating trends among todays youth
“Twenty years ago, as now, most couples told us they’d met through their friends or family, or in college,” wrote the editor, Bob Woletz, in 2012.
“For a period that ran into the late 1990s, a number said, often sheepishly, that they had met through personal advertisements.”But in 2018, seven of the 53 couples profiled in the Vows column met on dating apps.
’” Plus, he adds, it’s never a good start to therapy when a patient thinks the therapist is behind the times or uncool.
An expanded radius of potential mates can be a great thing if you’re looking to date or hook up with a broad variety of people who are different from you, says Madeleine Fugère, a professor of psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University who specializes in attraction and romantic relationships.
“Normally, if you met someone at school or at work, you would probably already have a lot in common with that person,” Fugere says.
Indeed, some daters bemoan the fact that meeting on the apps means dating in a sort of context vacuum.
Friends, co-workers, classmates, and/or relatives don’t show up to flesh out the complete picture of who a person is until further on in the timeline of a relationship—it’s unlikely that someone would introduce a blind date to friends right away.
But the gigantic shift in dating culture really started to take hold the following year, when Tinder expanded to Android phones, then to more than 70 percent of smartphones worldwide.