"I would use apps every time I was home alone, bored, and curious to see what was out there or just to pass time.It was fun talking to people whether it led to a date or not, and it was fun to meet people," she says.
Both are random people who could be complete strangers with no ties to your life," she says. "You're learning about a person's life and their baggage from scratch versus learning about them through a mutual friend.
And if you end up in a strong relationship with a person you met randomly or through an app, it's quite amazing when you blend your lives together." "Honestly, I think that the main difference between meeting someone on a dating app and meeting someone in a more organic way is that through a dating app, you know right off the bat that the person is interested in you.
In a similar line of thought, Sharon explains that "when you meet someone randomly, like at a bar, it's unlikely to end up sharing a ton of interests with the other person.
Backgrounds of where you grew up and how you grew up, religious or political affiliations could be very different, which I found was ultimately the reason why I didn't see a future with certain people I met in organic settings that were fun to hang out with but lacked common visions." She also says that setups can be awkward, too, since you or your mutual friend could end up upset if it doesn't work out.
I never understood the people who waited around for their Prince Charming—if you want the fairy tale, sometimes you have to go out of the castle or out of your comfort zone to find what you're looking for," she explains.
On the flip side, another woman says meeting someone in person can eliminate the gamble of whether or not you'll have physical chemistry.They're using the dating app to meet people so there's no question about whether or not they're interested—if you go out, you know they either want to hook up or want a connection.I think it eliminates some of the uncertainty that accompanies meeting people through friends or randomly," Abby says.This is true for Jasmine, who shares that while her goal changed frequently, her underlying hope was to find something meaningful.Dan says he joined after a breakup and sometimes felt like he was looking for a rewarding relationship, while other times the meetup was motivated by a desire for sex without commitment."I wanted to meet a lot of people and practice dating since I was newly out of college and looking for more experience." However, she ultimately ended up in a long-term relationship with a person she met on an app.