Dating apps aren’t the only way for people to meet online. Couples are finding each other all over the internet – via Discord servers, video games, review sites, and even customer service portals. What do these unconventional digital meet-cutes reveal about the state of digital romance?
William Chopik is a social psychologist at Michigan State University, studying how relationships – and the people in them – change over time and across situations. He focuses on how factors both inside (biological, hormonal) and outside (social roles, geography) of people influence their approach to social relationships. In 2016, Chopik was named one of Forbes' '30 Under 30 in Science', and in 2015, he was named one of the '30 Top Thinkers Under 30' in Pacific Standard magazine.
As a sociocultural anthropologist, Philipp has been exploring media, technologies, infrastructures, visuality, activism, and internet histories. He has been doing ethnographic fieldwork in Canada, Austria, and several internet environments. Currently, he is investigating infrastructures in the North American Arctic. Philipp is co-convenor of the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Media Anthropology Network and co-founder of the Digital Ethnography Initiative at the University of Vienna. His research has resulted in a variety of publications, such as the edited volumes Theorising Media and Conflict and Ritualisierung – Mediatisierung – Performance.
Adrienne Matei is a journalist for publications including the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Vanity Fair, The Globe, and The Guardian. She writes about the intersection of online and offline culture from Gen Zer Tik Tok trends to the digital afterlife.
Americans are tired of swipe culture. Instead, they want to slow down the hunt for matches, and build trust in dating apps as safe spaces. After tracking this in the Home and Relationships Sector Snapshot, Canvas8 spoke to eight Americans to find out what they want from online dating.
With concerns around data security and censorship driving a growing sense of dissatisfaction with Big Tech, some people are searching for ways to communicate, socialise, and organise online outside of mainstream social media platforms. How will this shift transform the digital space?
People are generally becoming more comfortable with online dating apps, with users rising year on year. But many have experienced a darker side to the apps and have become victims of romance fraud with scammers using psychological manipulation to groom users into transferring money.
With an increasing desire for community engagement, people are turning to discussion-based platforms that cater to their individual interests. Letterboxd’s online platform has become a haven for cinephiles, showcasing how brands can appeal to passionate users with the right approach.