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Why is there still such snobbery around how you met your partner…especially if it was online?


by Kate Demolder
12th Jan 2022

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Dating apps: meeting online is still subject to social snobbery

‘Welcome to the Age of Tinder Divorce’ a recent headline shouted in the wake of research that suggests relationships formed via dating apps lack the depth, brilliance or countercultural approval of the traditional courtship. However, in a time when face-to-face meeting is fraught with irresponsibility, why are dating apps still looked down upon, and why do people liken them with swift breakups?

A new study has found that married couples who met on dating apps have a higher chance of getting a divorce. The study, entitled “Relative Strangers: The Importance of Social Capital for Marriage,” concluded that 12% of couples who found their significant other online got divorced within the first three years of marriage, compared to only 2% of lovers who met through friends. Conducted by the Marriage Foundation and assembled by the UK-based polling company...

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