In the 90s it was Craigslist and AOL chat rooms, then and But the lengthy, heartfelt e-mails exchanged by the main characters in (1998) seem positively Victorian in comparison to the messages sent on the average dating app today. ’ ” says Jennifer, 22, a senior at Indiana University Southeast, in New Albany.In February, one study reported there were nearly 100 million people—perhaps 50 million on Tinder alone—using their phones as a sort of all-day, every-day, handheld singles club, where they might find a sex partner as easily as they’d find a cheap flight to Florida.“It’s like ordering Seamless,” says Dan, the investment banker, referring to the online food-delivery service.“It’s changing so much about the way we act both romantically and sexually,” Garcia says.
Dating apps are the free-market economy come to sex. tracking to show whether matches have recently “crossed paths,” use it too.“I always make a point of disclosing I’m not looking for anything serious.I just wanna hang out, be friends, see what happens …Some, like writer Hanna Rosin, see hookup culture as a boon: “The hookup culture is …
bound up with everything that’s fabulous about being a young woman in 2012—the freedom, the confidence.” But others lament the way the extreme casualness of sex in the age of Tinder leaves many women feeling de-valued.
It’s a balmy night in Manhattan’s financial district, and at a sports bar called Stout, everyone is Tindering.