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The dating game: survey shows how and why South Africans use Tinder

The dating game: survey shows how and why South Africans use Tinder

THE growth of the internet and smartphones has led to the widespread global use of dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble and OKCupid. These location-based apps have become a popular and acceptable way to meet new potential romantic partners. With over 6.5 million monthly downloads Tinder is the most popular dating app in the world, including in South Africa. Author TANJA BOSCH, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Production, University of Cape Town But Tinder still has a reputation for being a “hook-up” app. Most people perceive it as a way to search for casual dating or short-term sexual partners.…
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The paradox on modern dating

The paradox on modern dating

DATING apps are the new reality, but do they really make dating easier? My study suggests they complicate it further. Author LEAH DAVINA JUNCK, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town Questions about trust and online dating regularly crop up along with headlines about unpleasant online approaches, scams and even physical assaults when dates move offline. Still, dating apps like Tinder remain hugely popular, downloaded and used mostly on cellphones to meet new people. In fact, they have received increasing traffic globally in recent years despite these bleak stories and spurred by COVID-induced lockdowns. My ethnographic research in Cape Town,…
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