In the game of dating, Tinder is losing the love match – Sydney Morning Herald

Our relationship with Tinder appears to be on the rocks. After a decade of helping out the lonely and the lusty, the love machine that fits into the palm of your hand is proving less popular. Its parent company Match Group (for those with a thing for redheads?) has reportedly taken a hit, plunging in value by almost 70 per cent as “investors fretted that the app was losing its mojo”.

Having just surpassed its 10th birthday last September, how has it taken this long? Tinder completely gamified dating. Swiping was fun – a constant stream of dopamine as you got matches, like playing Angry Birds with the added possibility of marriage and babies at the end. But as Allison P. Davis wrote, for many people, Tinder itself ended up being their longest relationship.

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When I first downloaded it, I was fascinated. Guys posing with snakes or holding fish or dogs. To me, this translated to “I am man. Man tame nature”. Apparently, in America, it’s all dead stags and wild boars, which probably says “I vote Republican”.

There were always available dates, all seemingly competent in water sports or skydiving. It was a social experiment with loads of data: what qualities does the entire male species feel are important to convey to the female (or male) species? (animal-taming, flexing in the bathroom mirror, photo in front of the Colosseum, likes a whisky).

Yes, no, no, yes, no, maybe … no, yes, no, no, NO!

You’d get ripper opening lines like “sup”, or, “what u doin?” making you wonder if romance wasn’t quite dead but maybe terminally ill. I got to the point where a guy wouldn’t get past “hello” if his texting was lazy. Sometimes I’d tell people to call straight up, which, for a Millennial, is on par with the kind of terrifying thrill you get from opening your MyGov inbox.

But it wasn’t just messages, sometimes the weirdness spilt over into dates. I once went out with a guy who was lamenting the fact that he couldn’t get a girlfriend. Over a series of G&Ts I turned into his dating coach: “You’ll meet someone, you’re a great guy!” I said giving him a punch on the arm, before fully registering how weird the whole scenario was.

There’s so much that can get lost in translation in online dating. There are the passive-aggressive profiles from people who had obviously been burnt: “NO TIME WASTERS”, the dry humour that doesn’t translate, and the assumptions based on someone’s profile. It makes it feel all the more miraculous if you do meet and connect with someone after overcoming the hurdles of online communication.

Traditional methods of meeting a mate, such as living in the same town where families know each other, have been disrupted by online dating. It’s lovely when you hear elderly couples talking about how they met …….


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Is Pedro Pascal Single? Details on ‘The Last of Us’ Star’s Dating History, Relationships and More – Yahoo Entertainment

Did Pedro Pascal find love in Hollywood? The Chilean-American actor is stealing the hearts of The Last of Us viewers, but the star tends to keep his romantic relationships out of the public eye.

Keep reading for on Pedro’s dating life, relationship history and more. 

Is Pedro Pascal Married?

The actor does not appear to be married.

Is Pedro Pascal Single?

Since he’s so private about his love life, it appears that the Narcos star is single. However, he’s never spoken publicly about dating as a Hollywood star.

Pedro Pascal’s Dating History

While he’s never spoken publicly about any relationships, the actor has been romantically linked to a …….


From Looking for Love to Swiping the Field: Online Dating in the U.S. – Pew Research Center

Tinder is the most widely used dating platform in the U.S. About half of those who have used dating sites or apps have had positive experiences, and some have met their partners on one. But safety and harassment remain issues

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Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand Americans’ experiences with dating sites and apps and their views of online dating generally. This survey was conducted among 6,034 U.S. adults from July 5-17, 2022. This included 4,996 respondents from the Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random …….