I see both good and bad things about dating apps. On the one hand, dating apps allow me to meet people I would never have otherwise met, people who share similar interests and who make me laugh. I like them, and I like spending time with them.
On the other hand, dating apps have a bad side too. People are busy. They don’t always have time to meet in person. They may not even want to come to a special location to meet a person they’ve just met, especially when it’s just for coffee or a drink.
In these situations, dating apps are a godsend. People can meet and get to know each other without making a commitment. That’s great. But that’s where the problem lies: dating apps encourage people to think that just friends, or even just someone to hang out with, is the same thing as a serious relationship.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m in favour of people having friends and meeting potential partners through dating apps. But I don’t think people should be looking for a relationship on a dating app.
People have to fool themselves into thinking that this is the best way to go about it. The reality, however, is that people who are serious about finding a long-term relationship should devote their energy to meeting people in person, not through a app.