I think I saw you on Tinder Three women report on their dating-app hook-ups
remember when an interesting stranger you met on a night out would call to invite you to dinner or a movie after collecting and then dropping you off at your house and you would then mull over the quality of the conversation as a proxy for whether you would like to see him again? Dating. Things have come some way since the days when two people were courting or ‘going steady’. For Generation Y, raised in the age of ‘hook-up’ culture, it is more than acceptable to court or date a number of different prospective partners with the intention of finding the best match and only then starting a series of ‘exclusive’ social activities and intimate relations. And that exclusivity cannot be taken for granted. The Western dating culture is more liberal than before – where seeing more than one person ‘non-exclusively’ is acceptable and part of the active dating scene. It can be exhausting – heading to bars with a group of girlfriends, trying to decide which of the less than eligible bachelors are worth some small talk. The question on everyone’s lips is: ‘Where do people meet people?’ If not through friends or social activities like salsa classes or running clubs, it can be difficult to source a new pool of people to even start the dating game with.In SA, more than three consecutive dates with the same person, with the possible inclusion of a kiss by the third date, leads to questions about a couple’s status and concurrently ‘seeing’ more than one man non-exclusively is frowned upon. But, as with all of life’s quandaries, there are apps designed to solve that problem. From the comfort of your couch, you can browse the profiles of men in your area and then, should you both be interested, you can take your mutual interest offline and meet up. This convenience speeds up the dating process and allows you to meet more people. As the fastest-growing mobile dating app in the world, it comes as no surprise that Tinder has caught the attention of singletons.
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