Ok, so if you have followed me on here for a while you will know that I have been trying to find out more information about the Digital Impact on Dating from my perspective of an online dating skeptic.

Along the way I have found out some astonishing facts; whether that be about the growth of online dating, the data and algorithms that go on behind the scenes or how the meaning of dating has changed.

So what better way to reflect on these findings than thinking about the future of online dating? It has already been proven how society’s opinions can change when there was a large jump in the percentage of people who believed that online dating was an acceptable way of meeting someone, so how could things change again?

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2019!
As you might be able to tell from the length of this post, it’s a bit of a different one this week where we will be looking at online dating and the core facts surrounding it.

This week I wanted to focus on the many facts, both positive and negative, about online dating. I know I have already added some facts in my previous posts but there is a lot of new information that I have collated over the past few days about the digital impact on dating, so I thought it would be more interesting in a video (where I drag my two friends along to help out).

As I was daydreaming the other day like I normally do, I began thinking of a Tinder story that a friend had experienced and I noticed that her and many other people were referring to Tinder as a ‘hookup’ dating app.

As I read more, I began to question if there was a correlation with dating becoming more digitalised and the meaning of dating. As Christmas is upon us, I guess you could think of this as the dating version of ‘the meaning of Christmas’ (hope you had a great Christmas by the way).

Now that we are able to do a simple swipe on an app to interact and date with others, do we still take dating as seriously as we would if we had arranged to meet up for a coffee? Would you turn up to a coffee date and expect someone to say “heyyy sexyyy, how you doin?’’ ha imagine that, what an awkward atmosphere.

So, by now you may have realised that I’m not that keen about online dating – but I have my reasons!

Obviously there are always two sides to a story, so I know that online dating isn’t all that bad, after all 49 million people have tried it.

However recently, after briefly mentioning it in my last post, I thought I’d investigate algorithms and the data side of online dating, further.

As I mentioned on my voice and tone page as soon as I find something interesting, I want you to be the first to hear about it. So, in this post I wanted to talk more about the different side of online dating – one which, naturally, you may not have given much thought about.

I’ll admit it – I’ve always been a romantic – a cheesy romantic.

I blame Troy Bolton for some of that, he made me look for someone who would climb up a questionably unstable vine on the side of a house and up to Gabriella’s bedroom, presenting her with chocolate covered strawberries – think the food aspect drew me in too much as well.

This was romance to me, and to some extent it still is – ok, I’ll let them go through the front door now as long as they give me the food. But on a serious note, traditional romance has always won me over, from watching romance films, to seeing old couples walking hand-in-hand, this was where dating should lead to.

heart drawn on beach with sunset - linked with transition to online dating blog post

So why has it all had to change to swiping left or right? Where has the romance gone? I know I sound like your parents but I think that if online dating wasn’t as popular as it is, maybe more people would agree? But that’s the thing – it is popular, in fact;

 “a new survey conducted by psychologists in the US at the University of Rochester, found that online dating is the second most common way of starting a relationship – after meeting through friends.”