People are overwhelmed with an abundance of choice the same way when presented with an oversized menu in a restaurant.
It seems like our fast food dating culture has reached its peak. Dating apps like Hinge have taken note of this and are now shifting their approach to quality over quantity. Much like a quick burger, the satisfaction of a Tinder match never lasts very long before your ego asks for more. After all, we might be missing out on something better - something that can be obtained with a single flick of the finger. However, the resulting self-esteem boost that comes from meaningless matches doesn’t do the trick anymore for many app users in their quest for love. It seems like too many options might also be more of a hindrance than help when it comes to online dating. People are overwhelmed with an abundance of choice the same way when presented with an oversized menu in a restaurant. What if I didn’t pick the best option? This immediately lowers your level of satisfaction with your pick and instead of savouring this meal/date you are already thinking about future matches.
What is the future for dating apps?
It is hard to manage something so intangible like love with technology. Apps like Tinder give you the illusion that by swiping enough times to the right, you’ll be well on your way to finding a suitable future spouse. Love, however, isn’t a numbers game, and there are zero shortcuts when trying to meet your match. No recipe or set of rules can be applied to guarantee success in the love department.
I’m probably not alone when I say that I’d rather pay for one sophisticated app instead of floating around on ten basic free ones.
It certainly takes more than five pictures and a sentence to figure out if there is any chemistry between you and the unknown suitor smiling back at you from a 5-inch screen. OkCupid, Bumble, Happn, Tinder, Hinge, etc. – it’s difficult to keep up with of all the dating apps on the market. I’m probably not alone when I say that I’d rather pay for one sophisticated app instead of floating around on ten basic free ones. More often then not with these apps, matches fizzle out before you even exchanged one sentence.
Hinge, for example, has kissed the swipe-feature good-bye and introduced an Instagram-like look where users can post more pictures to give a better insight into their lives and what they are looking for. Another dating app, Whim, does not support the concept of messaging. They cut to the chase by allowing you to select the area you live in as well as the nights you are available. When there’s a match between two users the app suggests a time and date when both are free plus an idea for a fun meeting place.
From digital connections to real world relationships
The dating app culture is slowly but surely progressing towards fostering meaningful connections, and helping users to go on successful dates that might lead to a happily ever after. Even though we live in a tech-driven world, the principles of love have not changed. Meet Love Repeat has recognized this and presents a new angle to the online dating landscape where users can hand pick interesting profiles based on a feature called Stories. This is where you can find in depth descriptions about dating experiences, which help you choose a potential love interest based on character traits, preferences and individual quirks. Because isn’t that what online dating is all about? A platform to foster and enjoy meaningful and safe connections.
It’s hard to feel chemistry through a phone or a computer, but it’s possible to get an idea of someone’s personality with the aid of a well-built dating app. If taken seriously, promising digital connections might turn into thriving real world relationships of all kinds.