One of the most common evolutionary traits that isinexclusive to every species that has ever set foot on this planet is the primal need to search for a mate. It is only natural that as evolution progressed in humans i.e., invention of Internet, more and more people started using it to look for a mate for purposes like dating, marriage, casual encounters and even friendship. Reasons for using internet are multiple― ease of use, convenience of staying at home, anonymity (if required) and the general efficiency of internet to quantify people into any set of categories you might conjure up. Want to date people who are a hard-core fan of Game of Thrones? There definitely is a sub-reddit for people just like you!
Evolution Of Dating Concept
To really understand the phenomena of Online dating app, one has to delve a bit into the origins of it. The practise of formally looking out for partners over the Internet started as soon as the internet was invented. Two major websites that came up to cater to this section of the population were match.com and kiss.com. Their agenda was basically what their name is. One of the major impediments to the development of this arena was the perceived stigma attached to the use of internet for something which has been traditionally done by the method of trial and error in western liberal societies and has been arranged by the parents in more conservative setups. Those who used Online dating app services on the internet had to do so under the garb of anonymity, which sometimes had severe backlash like violation of people emotionally and/or sexually. That was circa 1995 and further decades. Although cut back to 2018, this activity has gained a widespread recognition and acceptability. Social Scientists estimate that in the coming future, this activity would be so popular that people will not know any other way to find what they are looking for.
It is not just that only dating sites are used for getting romantically involved. Social Media sites have been pioneering in weeding out the stigma attached to dating online as they are also used by people who are not actively looking for partners. This has led to unprecedented acceptance for heading over to the internet for companionship. Not only traditional behemoths like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat but sites with seemingly different agenda altogether (Quora, Reddit and Pinterest) are employed to look for connections – platonic or otherwise.
At leasta quarter of people involved in romantic relationship admitted to having used internet partially or fully to be in their current relationship, according to forums at Quora. This proportion is only going to grow. Looks like Online dating app is here to stay.