Apr 25, 2017

When we look back on history in about a hundred years, the iPhone will certainly be one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 21st Century. Its impact goes far beyond transforming the way smartphones were created and perceived. It goes far beyond revolutionizing the way we engage and interact. It has pervaded every aspect of our lives in one way or the other.

When we say every aspect, we mean every aspect. And that includes dating.

The dating cyberspace

Before the advent of the iPhone, the online dating cyberspace comprised mainly of shady websites and mistrustful scams. There were some so-called reputable website-based services like match.com or eHarmony, but the impact of those websites weren’t as pervasive as it is now.

That was all before the iPhone.

When Steve Jobs launched the iPhone back in 2007, he didn’t just transform the tech landscape, he transformed the dating landscape as well. We now have more places where we can find love. Within two years of the launch of the iPhone, Grindr was launched. And then massively successful apps like Tinder followed.

The kinds of dating

The amount of dating apps, since then, has absolutely exploded. You can find love based on geographic proximity, your profession, your common interest and more. You can even find love among people that walked by you or who share friends with you.  

This gave a whole new meaning to the term swiping. With these apps came a dating culture that was much more instant than the previous scene. One quick swipe can match you with the future love of life. Think about it. Was that even possible in 2004?

Removing the stigma

The biggest contribution of the iPhone has undoubtedly been changing the mindsets of people when it comes to the online dating activities. It was not something to be ashamed of anymore. It was not an activity for which you needed to visit untrustworthy sites.

Instead, online dating became an activity that was actually kind of… fun. It’s like a game you can play. No one thought of it as a form of entertainment ever before. And that’s amazing in and of itself.

What the statistics say

The loss of stigma associated with online dating is not just a matter of perception anymore. It is a claim backed by statistical evidence. The Pew Research Center has conducted quite a bit of research on this. According to some of their surveys, the attitudes on online dating has transformed within the past decade.

A 2015 Pew Research Center survey revealed that around 59 percent of Americans were on-board with online dating. They believe that it is a good way of meeting people. And smartphones have played a huge role in creating a more positive perception of online dating.

With millennials, the situation is even better. One in three of people who are between 18 to 24 years of age admit that they have used online dating. The 2016 statistics of the dating culture in millennials reveal that the number of people has tripled in the last two years. 

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