It wasn’t that long ago when online dating was considered strange. Less than a decade ago, the prevalent stereotype attached to online dating was that it was only for socially awkward nerds who were unable to meet people in real life, or for possible psycho killers looking for their next victim.
But in just a few short years, online dating has become the norm among single people, and it’s now the people who don’t engage in the online dating scene who are labeled weirdos.
But what does this mean for society as a whole? That’s what the new HBO documentary, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age,” out Sept. 10, is looking to find out.
The doc also stresses just how huge online dating has become. According to the trailer, adults between the ages of 18 and 30 spend an estimated 10 hours a week on dating apps. That is a significant chunk of time, especially when it’s devoted to something that is potentially harmful to one’s overall well-being.
For better or worse, it’s the new norm when it comes to dating, as the old world of getting a person’s phone number and calling them has essentially gone extinct. “I do remember when you used to call people on the phone,” says one young male in the trailer. “I think if you called someone these days you’d probably get labeled a psychopath.”
Read the story at Bustle.
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