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Has Tinder, Bumble, & Similar Dating Apps Killed Modern Love?

Has Tinder, Bumble, & Similar Dating Apps Killed Modern Love?

You had to meet someone in person (often by chance), strike up a conversation, and see where things went. Or, you could go to a matchmaker or “order a bride.”

While the traditional ways of meeting someone and falling in love haven’t completely died, the rise of so many dating apps means that how you meet and fall in love has changed.

And that begs the question: Does the rise of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge mean the death of romance in modern love?

  • The number of Americans who don’t have a steady partner has reached a record high. According to a study by the Institute for Family Studies, this number is more than 50% of 18 to 35 year old Americans.
  • Each year, fewer Americans are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In 2009, 63% of the survey respondents planned their V-day celebrations compared to a 52% in 2023.
  • A 2021 survey found that 26% of American respondents, aged 18+, didn’t have sex in the past year. This is part of an increasing sexless trend, where 23% of respondents didn’t engage in hanky panky in 2016 and 2018 compared to 19% of respondents in 2004. Read more