In the early days, there was a strange, lingering stigma surrounding online dating. The concept of creating a profile and chatting to perfect strangers online in a quest to find love was not so widely accepted as it is today.
The Online Dating Boom
A mere 5 – 10 years later and things began to change; the social norms surrounding dating practices started to evolve. Soon, there were numerous forums and sites for specific sub-cultures looking to meet like-minded people such as mature dating, fetish and BDSM
sites, rich men / women dating etc.
Birth of Dating Apps
Though the industry grew exponentially, there was still the mainstream market of 18 – 35 year olds to crack. That’s when dating apps such as Tinder began to emerge. Developers knew that millennials in particular were going app crazy as smartphones became more sophisticated. Developers had the know-how to create independent apps without the need for significant investment or corporate sponsorship. Of course, like any new technology, people jumped on dating apps and the first developers began to cash it in – BIG time.
Dating in 2018
We know that millions of people all around the world have been using dating sites and applications for a good few years now, but where is online dating currently at?
Here in late 2018, it seems that online dating has taken a new turn. Not so long ago, people were getting flustered and bored of filling out lengthy profiles in order to try and make a potential match. This is where dating apps had the advantage. The hook up culture was clearly alive and well, and people loved the convenience of simply adding a photo, their current location and creating a very basic description. Users were then free to go through tons of profiles at lightening speed in order to find an attractive local playmate. It seemed casual dating was the main interest for those operating on dating apps, but it’s become increasingly more apparent that this is not the case.
The Growing Boredom of Dating Apps
In fact, a term has been coined for the lacklustre interest in dating apps: dating app fatigue. Users are growing bored of the ‘swiping’ technique and are reportedly meeting less people from these apps, even though on the whole, people are meeting in person via online dating more than ever before.
It would not be inaccurate to suggest that maybe it’s not that people are bored of online dating as a whole, but rather they are growing tired of the hook-up culture surrounding online dating. After going on a number of dates to only discover each person has nothing more to offer than a night (or several nights) of sheet fumbling, for many it will grow old quite quickly.
The Real Thing
Even those who regularly boast of promiscuity and a highly active sex life, many of them will not be so quick to share the underlying truth to the matter – that the reason they move from one person to another is merely because they haven’t made connections that truly matter to them.
While it may not be what everyone is looking for, I have found time and time again that those who ‘play the field’ for some time grow weary and simply want to find someone with common interests. Whether it grows into a commitment is another thing entirely, but generally people want to connect with people who they are comfortable to be around and that they can share their passions with.
Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes on these types of apps can tell you that it is difficult to find such connections; hence users are spending less and less time on them. So where does online dating go from here? It’s platforms such as Jaunt that will revolutionise how people approach online dating. The only formula that improves dating success from online interaction, is one that puts a focus on real life meetings through common interests.
The Jaunt team is made up of a diverse group of individuals with different interests. However, we share certain commonalities such as our passion for music, making positive connections and providing a worth while service. It’s through these mutual interests that we can connect and work together.
It’s the same for the dating world, nothing positive can grow if no common ground has been found. By connecting people through their passions, they can begin a genuine journey of social interaction and also self discovery.
How to Jaunt
How it works in relation to the Jaunt platform is that rather than creating a profile, users create event posts – they share an upcoming event or an activity they would like to do and post it on the platform. They can specify who would pay e.g. split the bill, I will pay, looking for offers to pay, plus share any extra information that would be helpful to the users viewing the post. Those who are interested in the date idea respond to the post and the creator chooses who they would like to go with. It’s so simple and yet it gives people an actual bonding opportunity. From there, they can make arrangements between themselves and attend. This method cuts out a lot of the vagueness and attracts those who genuinely would like to meet and do something cool.
If you’re curious and would like to try it for yourself, sign up via jaunt.singles.