She was a young girl in law school in the “baba” style. She seemed rather cultured to me since she knew the Soulage Foundation in Rodez and loved Miró’s works as much as I did. Quite quickly, after exchanging a few days by text, she offered to stop by her house. I was only 18 and was really stressed out about the first date of my life. So I took my courage in both hands, but when she opened the door for me, I was quickly disillusioned. My first impression was to repeat to myself: “Shower! How long has it been since she took a shower? “. Barely settled on her couch, we remade the world for hours, so much so that after a while, I saw her slowly approach me. She was staring at me and all embarrassed, I did not know where to put myself.
Seeing that I was not very receptive to her advances, she strangely took it to the next level. She suddenly took off her t-shirt and lay down in her underwear on the floor screaming, “I love sex, nothing beats sex in life!” “. Already that I was not very hot, how to explain that I quickly fell to the temperature of an iceberg imported from Antarctica. Sorry, but I don’t do humanitarian work, miss. She finally realized that it wasn’t really my thing and offered to eat with her. I used the excuse of bowling with friends (the worst excuse of my life) and I left. We never spoke again, even when we passed each other in front of the university.
Currently, there are said to be nearly 2,000 dating sites and applications in France. From the mythical Meetic (yes, it was easy), via Badoo, Lovoo, Attractive World, Elite Rencontre, AdopteUnMec, OkCupid and many others, the offer is wide and now tends to adapt to all profiles . Including for those over 50 like DisonsDemain, 2Seniors or for women over 40 like Be2.
Indeed, further than traditional dating sites, the time has come for speed, for geolocation like Once or the French application Happn. But also to other more surprising features, such as dating apps focused on religion. This is the case of Mektoube for Muslims or even Theotokos for Christians. Other criteria such as character traits or musical tastes (Tastebuds) are now the selling point of new dating apps.
To stand out, some companies even rely on “positive sexism” by only offering women to decide on potential encounters. This is the case with the Bumble app which is also one of the most important sites when it comes to lesbian dating. Finally, for the most naughty, fashion is on dates of another type: the sin of lust … Gleeden is thus a dating site “designed by women”, specializing in extra-marital relationships!
If you don’t know where to turn with all this diverse and varied offer of sites, dating apps and other singles chat, there are even dating site comparators. Lacse for example, thus measures their attendance and takes stock of behavior on these dating platforms.
Tinder was launched in 2012 on the same principle as another famous app in the gay world, Grindr. The principle: profiles are offered to users according to their sexual orientation, age and above all, previously defined location.
Belonging to the same group as Meetic, the Match Group group went public in 2015. The paid Tinder Plus feature offers an unlimited catalog of profiles while the free version limits access to 50 people per day.
A novelty that has not deterred the 50 million users of the dating application across 196 countries. Especially young people between 18 and 34 years old who represent more than 80% of users with a rate of women of 48% against 52% of men.
And make no mistake, if the application is above all made to meet love, many profiles would only seek short stories, 12% of people would even use the app when they are in a relationship!
Whether you buy into it or not, it’s a safe bet that this kind of dating site and application is not going to leave our daily lives. In a resolutely digital world, the virtual will surely continue to take up more and more space in terms of communication, and therefore romantic relationships and flirting. You only have to watch one episode of the famous dystopian series “Black Mirror” available on Netflix, to understand that the dating site will continue to be an issue of our society of tomorrow. The episode titled “Hang the DJ” directed by Tim Van Patten clearly refers to how dating apps like Tinder work. In the near future that technology has not spared, an algorithm allows its users to make romantic encounters. But like globalization and capitalism at its height, in this future that may soon be a reality, every relationship has a date of manufacture and expiration. Is it a simulation or is it reality? To meditate…
Grizette is the women’s magazine from the South. It is aimed at women, curious, dynamic and who live their lives with passion. It’s a local medium, sweet as a candy and as accomplice as a relationship between girlfriends!