Yeah, I didn’t realise that loving bacon is a criterion to base any form of relationship on either.But now I know it is, I wouldn’t dream of dating a man who didn’t share my strong preference for thin and crispy non-smoked streaky bacon.Even better, minorities and people with specified, niche interests will always be able to find what they are interested in.With gay dating apps such as Grindr, gay people outside of big cities can meet others without having to spend years working up the courage to express their sexuality in a heterosexual environment. Tinder, for example, is the most-used dating app on earth, and allows you to find people for casual relationships easily. com and Ok Cupid are great for seeking out commitment, and if you’re into bacon, Sizzl will connect you with other bacon lovers.Slightly embarrassed at the prospect of admitting in a public sphere that I would actually like to meet a man, I’d put off signing up to dating apps.But I’d had enough of weird, often obnoxious strangers.
It turns out, however, that we are singularly incompetent when it comes to determining what we want with any degree of certainty or consistency.
One in four relationships now start online, and that number will only increase.
However, research seems to suggest that vast choice – although alluring – actually works against us, and that online dating compounds our biases rather than challenging them.
Undoubtedly, online dating can detach us from other people’s humanity, and foster the worst in some people.
Even though dating apps have a propensity to dehumanise potential suitors, they are a highly convenient way of streamlining possible partners according to our favoured criteria (such as bacon), cutting out time-wasters and minimising the achingly cringe-inducing encounters that we’ve all experienced on terrible first dates. They allow us to mercilessly and immediately dismiss people who don’t meet our subjective criteria, while eliminating the face-to-face element of initial contact. I know he fosters puppies and feeds the homeless in his free time, but I just don’t like hat guys.” This distance can be comforting because it buffers rejection on both sides and allows us to ‘put ourselves out there’ without feeling compromised.