Having a whole slew of dating apps downloaded is de rigueur, and those who refuse to swipe in their search for a significant other are often viewed as unicorns.
One 20-something in Bushwick announced, “If you aren’t online dating, you’re not dating,” and a woman in publishing exclaimed, “It’s blowing my mind that people are allegedly meeting in the wild again.” Most people wanted to know where those devoid of apps were meeting people, especially since they found most people in the real world wouldn’t approach them now that apps offer a rejection-less option.
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After encountering three people who had spotted her on apps in a single weekend, she logged off for good and doesn’t regret it.
“I never had a real connection with any of the people I met on dating apps, regardless of whether I dated a person for a few months or just a week,” she said.
“Over the past year I’ve dated a handful of people I met IRL, all of which I had a genuine connection with.
I feel like guys are more inclined to be thoughtful about where they take me, as they can gauge my tastes a bit better and tailor their date spots appropriately,” she explained.
Julia, a 20-something comedy writer based in Los Angeles, logged off Tinder after meeting a now ex-boyfriend.
Bars feel like the slightly more kosher cousin of clubs,” Max explained.
While Max still has apps on his phone, he doesn’t actively use them.