The way people meet each other has drastically changed now that nearly 2 billion people in the world have smartphones.More people in the world have access to internet, technology, and, yes, dating apps than ever before.90 million people around the world use dating apps.
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Since moving to New York, in my experience with friends here, dating apps are HUGE.
From Ok Cupid, Tinder, Grinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Match.com, Hinge, to Happn (which matches you with random people you pass on the street), everybody seems to be on one.
There’s even more “specific” apps that narrow down your ideal partner by religion, race or level of interest in vampires…
dating apps can be a little GIPHYBut, are dating apps also agents of positive social change?
In India, 47 percent of girls marry before the age of eighteen.
Often, girls subjected to child marriage live in poor rural communities, and marriage at a young age occurs because parents see early marriage as a way to keep girls safe from harassment while traveling to school, which sadly happens all the time for girls in secondary school.
In addition, families resort to child marriage when they cannot afford to support daughters.
So how exactly would a dating app help end child marriage?
What if dating apps could actually promote equality and education, or delay the age of marriage and childbirth for women in developing countries?