Finding romance over the web can be tricky; 53% of Americans who use dating sites lie on their profiles, and women often face harassment on such platforms. Through its female-first approach and verification measures, Bumble aims to give users a safe and transparent way to meet new people.
The emergence of female-focused dating, transportation and security apps is indicative of the fact that women’s freedom of movement in everyday life is often curtailed by the threat of violence. Yet as these services often don’t increase access to public spaces, what can be done differently?
Tinder has become synonymous with modern dating, and its new app for Apple TV is allowing people to conduct their love lives in full view of friends and family in the living room. But will people actually use it to start a potential new relationship, or just for a bit of human window shopping?
Tech can’t change the way we love (yet), but it has changed the way we date. Globally, 91 million people use dating apps, with Tinder boasting 50 million users. But swiping has become boring. So what’s filling the gaps in the market? And how do people want to find love in 2015 and beyond?
The internet has transformed sex beyond recognition, but whether this change is for the better or worse is still open to discussion. We sit down with Lisa Wade, associate professor of sociology and author of American Hookup, to explore the behaviours attached to hook-up culture.