Dating apps and "disposable" generation
The ease of use and availability of dating apps has led to a culture of disposability in which people are more likely to view potential partners as interchangeable and easily replaceable. This can lead to a lack of investment in relationships and a focus on short-term hookups.
It is a common claim that the rise of dating apps and online dating has led to an increase in "situationships" or undefined romantic or sexual relationships among young adults. The convenience and ease of connecting with people on these platforms can make it easier to engage in casual relationships without a clear commitment, leading to a lack of clarity or definition in the relationship. Additionally, the ability to quickly and easily connect with new people can make it more tempting to keep exploring options rather than committing to one person.
In 2018, Tinder and consulting firm Morar HPI did conduct a survey of 1,000 singles between 18 to 25 years old and they found that 71% of the participants "made a conscious decision" to stay single. The survey result shows that young adults are becoming more selective in choosing their partners and are making conscious decisions to stay single instead of settling. The ease of access to potential partners through dating apps could also be a factor in this trend, as people may feel they have more options and can be more selective in their search for a partner. The ability to quickly and easily connect with new people can make it more tempting to keep exploring options rather than committing to one person.
It's important to take breaks and reflect on what you're looking for in a partner, rather than just going on date after date without a clear purpose to increase the chances of finding a fulfilling and lasting relationship.