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?
Everyone’s heard of Grindr. More than five million men in 192 countries use it to hook up. It’s transformed the gay dating scene. But with the closure of many LGBT venues, how are all these virtual encounter platforms affecting bars and clubs? Has Grindr killed the gay bar?
One in five relationships start online. But while it’s usual to catch 20-somethings swiping on Tinder or sending charms on Happn, senior singletons are quickly catching up. So what is it that the serial daters of the Boomer generation are hoping for when they sign up, log in and upload a pic?
Although China’s online dating industry will generate over $350 million in 2014, the stigma attached to casual sex may hold it back. Understanding cultural nuances, social gaming app Pengpeng has amassed more than 300,000 users and is popular with Millennial men and women alike.
Dating apps can be a bit of a wild west – Tinder doesn’t apply quality control and who knows who you might 'Happn' across. The latest in a rash of apps offering a more curated approach to romance is The League, and now it's taking its services offline with exclusive real-world mixers.
Conducting detailed interviews with its members, accompanied by glossy photoshoots, im gegenteil is rallying against the ennui of traditional dating. But is this approach simply masking realities behind pretty packaging? And will it change the way Millennials look for love?
Dating app Bumble has scrapped old-fashioned dating rules by only allowing women to make the first move. It's now launching VIBee – an algorithm that rewards male users for ‘good behaviour’ by giving them VIBee status, helping them stand out from other potential suitors.
An evolution of dating apps and websites, the hookup app is a tool designed specifically for users to get laid and get out. But what does the rise of never-see-you-again sex mean for real relationships?
Nearly 70% of Indian marriages are arranged by relatives, but matchmaking has gone online – where the profiles of potential partners can be pored over in detail. Perfiniti assesses the compatibility of potential couples. But will it prove popular with Indians looking for love?