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Online dating: Then vs Now.

Even though I’ve been in a relationship for the last 6 years, I’ve got a few single friends who are playing the field and are heavily involved with online dating. We often sit and chat about how it’s all going for them and it’s made me realise just how much the dating game has revolutionised over the last 10-15 years. It’s estimated that now 20% of relationships start online and that’s set to rise to over 50% by 2031. With the figures rising so fast, it’s made me think about how different the whole concept is now compared to around 10 years ago.

THEN

I’ll just log on to MySpace, see what my friends have been up to. What’s this? A message from a stranger? Bit weird, I’ll see what they want. Oh he’s cute…maybe I can stay and chat for a while.

NOW

I’m just going to check Tinder and Bumble again. I could really do with a date this weekend so I’ll see if anyone actually appeals to me this time. *Rapid swiping whilst sipping a soy latte*

I feel like back in the day, social media was really the only place to meet people online. Not many people used dating websites back then (compared to now at least) so you just had to hope that someone attractive caught your eye while you were having a browse of MySpace.

THEN

Person A – “I’ve got a date this weekend – I’m so nervous!”

Person B – “That’s so exciting! What’s his name? Where did you meet?”

Person A – “Well, we haven’t met yet. We’ve been chatting online for a few weeks and we’re going to finally meet this weekend”

Person B – “YOU MET HIM ONLINE?! What are you, double desperate?!”

NOW

Person A – “I’ve got a date this weekend – I’m so nervous!”

Person B – “That’s so exciting! What’s his name? Where did you meet?”

Person A – “We matched on Tinder a few weeks back and we’re finally meeting up for a few drinks this weekend”

Person B – “Oh awesome, hope you have a great time!”

I remember ages ago, it was such a shameful thing for someone to admit they’d met their partner online, there was this huge stigma around it that you were desperate if you had to meet people on the internet. Nowadays it’s the cultural norm to have met your partner online, no one bats an eyelid. In fact, it seems rare to hear someone say they’d met their other half at work or at the gym these days!

THEN

Person A – “So I’ve been thinking about giving online dating a go, what do you think?”

Person B – “Absolutely NO WAY. Don’t you know everyone online is a psycho waiting to prey on people like you?! You just cannot trust a single person on the internet, don’t EVER get involved with online dating – Okay!?”

NOW

Person A – “So I’ve been thinking about giving online dating a go, what do you think?”

Person B – “Seems like a good idea, I’ve met quite a few interesting people online and my sister actually met her fiance on Tinder. You should definitely try it out!”

Back in the early 2000’s, we were all led to believe that every single person online was a danger to us. While it’s still important to remember to be careful online, not to reveal any personal details etc- I definitely think everyone has calmed down a little bit. It was almost like walking to your death if you were to meet a person from the internet back in the day, whereas now people are generally a little more trusting and have their wits about them more.

Overall, I feel that apps such as Tinder, Bumble, Grindr etc have given a complete overhaul to the dating game. People can be as picky as they like and it offers them the opportunity to play the field a little more broadly and find out exactly what it is they’re looking for. What are your favourite memories/experiences of online dating? Let me know!

 

 

 

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