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Oct 8, 2019
How have apps changed the way we date?

Whether on the search for a hook-up or something longer-lasting, digital dating platforms have become the first port of call for many singletons. Canvas8 spoke to three experts to learn more about the modern romance landscape and to find out whether apps have killed the long-term relationship.

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What can you really tell about a person from a selfie and a cheesy one-liner? Should you be using Tinder or Bumble? And why is ‘ghosting’ so problematic? As digital dating has become common around the world, confusion abounds around the right way to use these platforms, with many users feeling fatigued by monotonous swiping and shallow matches. For instance, in France, where the trashy reputation of early dating sites still lingers in the public consciousness, these apps are viewed with ambivalence due to their potential for encouraging infidelity and harassment. [1] In China, meanwhile, singletons are embracing platforms that downplay aesthetic appeal to create connections based on personality. [2]