Everyone I know has downloaded Tinder, an online dating app, at some point in time. It has become a rite of passage for teenagers graduating high school looking to experience love for the first time. However, those entering the dating game are quickly disillusioned and assimilated into the hookup culture.
For those who don’t know, a hookup culture is one that accepts and encourages casual sex encounters, without necessarily including commitment and emotional bonding. And apps, such as Grindr, Tinder and Bumble, make sex easily accessible, right at your fingertips. Sex is no longer seen an act of intimacy, but becomes an act of sexual liberation. It is not surprising that sociologists are sounding the alarm on an “intimacy crisis” because young people are moving forward in life confused about what it means to be intimate.
Dating apps have also created a shallow world where people only care about someone’s appearance because we are spoiled for choice. After all, how many people actually read someone’s profile before swiping either left or right?
It is exactly because we are spoiled for choice that we are unable to learn intimacy. Even when we meet someone with whom we click, something in the back of our mind is telling us that the next match could be more exciting and exquisite and beautiful. Because why would you settle for an Acura when your next match could be a Jaguar? And so we test drive and test drive and test drive until we’ve become jaded…
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Hookup Culture. Wikipedia.org. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hookup_culture. Consulted on June 16, 2019.
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