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In the past 5 years, dating apps have played a significant part in the way we meet people and engage with potential partners.  But does this mean that relationships have been comprised due to our online habits? Can people ever find true intimacy in a digital world of dating where communication is mediated by screens?

 

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Dating apps seem to be satisfying all our needs when it comes to convenience and reliability. At any time of day, we can access them and talk to potential partners and receive instant gratification. However do we really know who we are talking to online? Are they really satisfying our needs or are they just filling a void?

Here we consider some of the problems that dating apps have presented:

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Jessica Massa wrote in 2013 that “traditional dating as we know it is dead”. To define the term “date” in the modern day as a candle-lit dinner seems as obsolete as dial-up Internet. Nowadays people connect through digital dating apps and social media.  Gone are the days of your crush ringing the landline to sheepishly ask you out. Instead replaced with a casual “Netflix and chill?” text.