Jason|17.09.2014|Feature Sex Life
We delve into the world of jpeg dating and whether it can bring forth true love…

Unless you’re trapped somewhere in 2001, you (or someone you know) will have considered using the dating website’s slightly provocative cousin—the hook-up app (Tinder, Grindr, Brenda etc.) to satisfy your primal sexual urges.

1 in 5 people in the USA aged 25–34 have used dating sites, with the likes of Brenda, Blendr, Tinder, and Grindr all being propelled into the mainstream due to tales of on-demand sex.

But the real question is: can you find true love on a hook-up app?

As a twenty-something male on the hunt for love, I’ve found that the world of dating has rapidly changed from hanging around on the dance floor of my local club on a Saturday night to having a world of women (and catfishes) all at the tips of my fingers, readily accessible at any time.

Unlike the personal newspaper ads of a bygone era, today’s hook-up apps are less about user profile information, and more about hot pics. In all our narcissistic glory, “selfies” have now become the thing du-jour for those seeking love.

Our app-developing friends have yielded to the demand, creating sites on which a potential love interest’s appearance takes pride of place over their GSOH (good sense of humour).

Call me cynical, but studies have found that the most beautiful people are often the most dull, which means that surely these appearance-based swipe apps (Tinder!) are a haven for lust, but short on deliverance of love.

Should we really be trying to find our soul mate via apps? Probably not. However, if you have found love using such apps, hats off to you!

Image credit: L’oeil étranger

Are dating apps a source for “true love” or “true lust”?