The online dating scene in the 21st century is not about long-lasting connections but frequently for casual relationships and hookups. Several experts and professionals considered the term “hookup” questionable since its definition may vary from one person to another.
According to Paul et al. from the Journal of Sex Research, hook up is “a sexual encounter which may or may not include sexual intercourse, usually occurring on only one occasion between two people who are strangers or brief acquaintances.”
However, the general definition of hookups lies in sexual encounters between strangers without future commitment and long-term connection. With the emergence of the Internet, some people may easily get involved in online dating thru online apps. Here are three of the most talked about online dating application in this generation.
Tinder is a premier and free hookup application which launched in September 2012 with approximately 50 million users as of May 2018. It is a remarkable application that allows the users to make friends and choose a potential hookup partner by swiping right and reject them by swiping left. The information about Tinder users will base on their other social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, or Spotify. The algorithm for their matches relies on social statistics and demographics like location, interest, and mutual connections. If both users swipe right on each other, they are now officially a “match” and will be able to send chats back and forth. The developers of Tinder also introduced Tinder Gold in August 2017 which is the premium subscription of Tinder. Users who subscribe in Tinder Gold will be able to see other users who previously liked them.
This application is a location-based application similar to Tinder. Whitney Wolfe, a former developer of Tinder, established Bumble after a sexual discrimination issue with Tinder. Bumble asks its users to register with their Facebook accounts and upload their pictures and essential information such as educational attainment, workplace, and job position. The user can favorite and sort conversations, send photos, and like or reject other users by the “swipe” feature. Only female users can initiate a conversation with a male user, while either of the users can converse with their potential partners if they are of the same sex. Bumble introduced a new feature in 2015 known as “backtrack” and initially gave the users three free backtrack passes. The users have to shake their phones to backtrack or undo previous swipe left in the past. If the users do not respond right away, the matches will disappear within a 24-hour period.
Joel Simkhai developed Grindr, a geotagging application, in March 2009. This dating and hookup application dedicate its features to specific users — gay and bisexual men. The graphical user interface of Grindr displays the photos of men with their information sorted according to their location distance from the user. It is currently accessible in over 192 countries and banned in nations such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. The users can send photos and share their location with their preferred partners.