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Abby, a San Francisco native, wasn't sure what to expect when she initially signed up.
"When I started using dating apps, I was looking to just date," she tells us.
As for Sharon, she was "looking for a serious relationship" from the start, though she "also liked the prospect of meeting new people and exploring a new city together.
Curious to find out whether there was a difference between meeting a date through an app or IRL, we asked the participants to share their experiences.
But the truth of the matter is that more and more people have been using the internet and/or dating apps to find romantic partners, whether they're looking for something casual or long-term.
In fact, a 2015 Pew poll demonstrated that 5% of couples met online, while a 2017 poll conducted by The Knot found that 19% of couples met online, showing a pretty sharp increase over a short period of time. Perhaps to get to the crux of the matter, you have to think about what your goal is, carefully considering your personality and lifestyle.
And part of that is finding out what people set out looking for and whether those objectives are met.
When we asked NYC resident Teddy why he uses dating apps, he said: "I use them to meet people outside of my social circles.
I think it eliminates some of the uncertainty that accompanies meeting people through friends or randomly," Abby says.
The search for love in the digital age tends to stir up a lot of anxiety.
As evidenced by the countless dystopian portrayals of technologically mediated love that come across our screens as well as real-world conversations with friends and colleagues, we're collectively wary of online dating and its implications for the future of romance and human connection. Why are we so hesitant to believe that online dating can work? According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of Americans agree with the statement "People who use online dating sites are desperate." Considering that one of the most cliché pieces of advice we hear is "Love will find you when you least expect it," that shouldn't come as a surprise.
Eleanor brings up the point of mutual friends, too, but a has a different take than Violet.
"Dating someone I've met randomly is pretty similar to dating someone on an app.
"I would use apps every time I was home alone, bored, and curious to see what was out there or just to pass time.