Internet dating magazine article
If you disagreed with your parents’ choice, or if your parents were unable to find you a partner, you would have to either accept your fate, or find different ways to look for someone.The rise of newspapers created a solution for this problem, with their personal advertisements section, the analogue version of dating websites.
With the introduction of smartphones and their applications (apps) online dating became even easier, and more importantly, more socially accepted.
A research from 2015 by the BBC showed that the dating app Tinder was the 10th most popular lifestyle app in Canada that year and the 15th most popular one in the US.
Despite the popularity, or because of, there also remained critics, who often worried about the morality of such ads (Cocks, 2009).
It is said homosexual men and women used code words to place personal advertisements looking for likeminded people, but also for unhappily married people for whom divorce was impossible, the personal ads were a much desired way out, and of course, much like in online dating nowadays, there were people who posed as someone else, in an attempt to scam or rob people, or use them in other ways.
It was seen as a last resort for people with no other means of finding someone, for instance because they had no family of parents to arrange their matrimony (Cocks, 2009).
The first woman to ever place a personal ad was Helen Morrison.Tinder and Badoo are easily accessible apps and can be used by anyone, no matter your gender, age or sexual preferences, but there is more to find in the world of dating apps than just Tinder and Badoo.There are dating apps that focus on smaller communities, trying to connect people on certain common values or interests, for instance marginalised groups like homosexuals, ethnic minorities, but also elite groups, millionaires or extremely successful businessmen and -women.I will now discuss a few different dating apps in a more detailed way to see what their aim is, who they’re aimed at and how they use specific values or interest to attract people from the same community.I start with Tinder, the most popular app in western countries, and then move on to three dating apps that are more at the margins, The Leage, Ayo Poligami and Truly Madly.That same research showed that Badoo and Tinder are the most popular dating apps worldwide, Badoo being number one in 21 countries and Tinder in 18.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating