Are you a sa­pio­sex­ual? Tell the dat­ing apps

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Do­gra aditya.do­gra@htlive.com

Find­ing in­tel­li­gence sex­u­ally arous­ing, aka be­ing sa­pio­sex­ual, is the In­ter­net’s most pop­u­lar iden­ti­fier at the mo­ment. The term may not be that new, but it’s now ev­ery­where.

Ac­cord­ing to The New York Times: “In 2014, ‘sa­pio­sex­ual’ be­came one of an ex­panded list of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions and iden­ti­ties daters could choose on OkCupid, the dat­ing app.”

‘Sa­pio­sex­ual’ seems to have be­come the ‘it’ word on dat­ing apps — most peo­ple use it to de­scribe them­selves in their brief bios — there’s even an app called Sa­pio, de­signed for in­tel­li­gent dat­ing. How­ever, this new type of sex­u­al­ity has its crit­ics, who call it a fad.

“I’m a sa­pio­sex­ual. So what if I ac­tu­ally find in­tel­li­gence sex­u­ally at­trac­tive? I know most peo­ple feel that us­ing this word is a sign of be­ing fake, but I embrace it,” says Shruti Sachdeva, a stu­dent.

Rahul Singh, an­other stu­dent, quips, “Peo­ple will all be­come sa­pio­sex­u­als for a while. When they re­alise that it isn’t work­ing any­more, they will drop the trend. Sab sa­pio­sex­ual kab tak bane ra­hengey?”

Psy­chol­o­gist Pulkit Sharma ex­plains, “In­tel­li­gence alone can­not be re­spon­si­ble for sex­ual at­trac­tion. Be­ing a sa­pio­sex­ual is ba­si­cally just a state­ment that you give a lit­tle more pref­er­ence to in­tel­li­gence as a trait.”

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