Intelligence Squared US Debates | Swipe Left: Dating Apps Have Killed Romance
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Every day millions of people turn to dating apps to find love. To date, more than 49 million Americans have given digital dating a try and the companies facilitating these matches are raking in billions. But are dating apps really designed to promote long-lasting romance? Apps like Tinder and Bumble make finding a date as easy as swiping right, while digital platforms like Match.com and OkCupid use specialized algorithms to help users find the perfect partner, regardless of age or personal preferences. Further, a range of niche sites connect people with highly specific interests, whether it’s single parenthood, a gluten-free lifestyle, or a devotion to Ayn Rand. But some argue that online dating is rife with sexism, racism, and misogyny, and that dating apps ultimately create a culture that prioritizes sex over committed and lasting love. After all, why settle on one match when there may be someone better just a swipe away?
Editor, New York Times’ “Modern Love” Column
DEBATERS FOR THE MOTION: WNYC Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi & Aziz Ansari’s ‘Modern Romance’ co-author Eric Klinenberg
DEBATERS AGAINST THE MOTION: OkCupid Vice President of Engineering Tom Jacques & Match.com scientific advisor Helen Fisher