Let’s face it: It’s not the 1950s any more. Gone are the days when Peggy Sue waited anxiously by the wall-mounted phone for Bobby to call and ask her for a malt before the sock hop. Dating and hookup apps like Hardline have long since become the in thing, forever changing old-school dating trends and habits as we know them.
But is this necessarily a bad thing? Some people lament that romance has since been killed by millennial trends. But perhaps there haven’t been any acts of homicide. Perhaps it’s simply changed, as most things tend to do.
Matches are actually, you know, matches
Between questionnaires and computer-generated compatibility smooshes, you’re more likely to find someone who actually matches much of yourself. Opposites attracting is a thing of the past; it’s just too much work. Actual matches to music, movie, or food tastes are much more fun and much easier to maintain. Who wouldn’t want a relationship like that?
There’s more opportunity for finding someone
Seriously. You know at a glance who’s available, who’s cute, who likes that same weird French movie you like, and who would date you versus jump your bones. So many people are in the same place looking for one another. You’re so much more likely to grab a good catch than if you were cruising a bar where you don’t know the first thing about anyone there.
There’s less risk of, you know, being stuck with someone forever out of guilt
For some of us, it’s hard to say no in life, especially if someone is potentially offering their heart. Millennials seem to have a particular aversion to ever hurting anybody’s feelings at any time. (And I base that off of no evidence whatsoever outside of casual observation.) We’ve all heard the stories of someone dating a person out of guilt or an inability to firmly say no. With apps, you can pass the person by with virtually no bad feelings, especially since they often won’t even know they were just passed.
It’s more like a résumé
With all of your stats, likes, and possibly even your favorite accomplishments at a person’s fingertips, you are able to let someone make a more informed decision about whether or not they feel you’d be right for them. It’s like applying for a job with as little stress as possible. You’re just uploading your résumé and seeing who takes a nibble.
It’s great for just plain getting laid
And seriously, what’s wrong with that? Are our sexual mindsets still stuck in the 50s, too? There’s no need for slut shaming any more. Sexual freedoms are continuing to progress and there isn’t any shame in wanting something that someone else is willing to give. Hookup apps simply make it easier for like-minded people to find one another, whether it be for a night or for a lifetime.