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John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school.As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.
The stigma that was once attached to online dating has well and truly disappeared – in fact, you’re more likely to raise eyebrows if you’re single and not on any dating apps.
Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.
For same-sex connections, either person can start the conversation but they only have 24 hours to do so before it’s gone forever.” Antidate (uk), an app that launched in the UK just last month, goes one further by removing the male gaze component altogether.
Female users are “hidden” on the site, leaving only male users visible.
Someone once said that asking someone to love you is a bit like holding your beating heart out in front of them and hoping they won’t crush it in their fist for giggles.
Venture through the looking glass of online dating and things are complicated further still.
“Women are encouraged to take control of their lives in almost every aspect, yet when it comes to dating there’s this unwritten rule: let him approach you first,” says Francis.
“With Bumble, he no longer feels like he has to send 100 messages to make the first move, with hopes of maybe only one or two people responding. When you go out at night with friends, you don’t take home 300 numbers with you at the end of the night.” With women feeling empowered and safe, and men enjoying a dating experience without fear of rejection, Antidate, Bumble and their ilk could well be the shape of things to come.
It’s not that control has been taken away from male users and handed to women; rather, it’s that the choice is there for anyone who would like to avail of it.
“This is not about giving one of the sexes the upper hand,” says Saha.
Upending gendered expectations in online dating is likely to be problematic in its own way, but these app creators believe there is a real need for their services.