Despite horror stories about online dating still lurking in the background, more and more people turn to the (1)cyber world in search for their life-long partners. With everything going mobile, online (2)dating sites have developed apps to adapt to people’s demands. In contrast to the popular belief that sexual predators or sociopaths flood online dating sites, many people turn to online social sites due to their busy working schedules. Rapid dating app growth demonstrates that technology may evolve to make the dating process easier and faster, but humans' fundamental need to find the perfect match to love and feel loved will never change.
The growing popularity of dating apps reflects people’s high frequency of app usage as well as their busy life-styles. Nonetheless, mobile dating is not a new concept; people have been mobile dating since the creation of mobile phones. All dating app users agree that they prefer meeting someone the old-fashioned way—technology free, but they do not have the luxury to do so. For many, dating apps provide a mingling place for singles who seek to meet new people and start casual dating. Most dating apps are free and quite easy to setup, some even use geolocation that displays the general location of individual users to encourage them to arrange (3)spur-of-the-moment local gatherings. Furthermore, apps will (A)spontaneously select candidates for users by profile matching shared interests and tastes.
Unfortunately, meeting new people does not (B)guarantee an immediate date. Upon meeting new people, it takes time and effort from both parties to develop a stable relationship. Surveys conducted by match-maker apps reveal that 37% users of such apps are inclined to date a person if they have mutual Facebook friends, and the percentage increased to 90% if they had four or more mutual friends. Since it is impossible to know their (C)compatibility prior to dating, getting to know their friends might be a good approximation.
People are continuously inventing innovative and efficient tools to complete the old love-quest; apps and social networks provide the ultimate platform for people with busy schedules. Unlike developing apps, there is no secret formula for establishing and maintaining a relationship. After meeting new people, getting to know their friends, dating app users may only then begin to confront the real challenge in finding true love.