Online dating isn’t just the most ubiquitous way for couples to meet — there’s evidence it’s responsible for stronger and more diverse marriages. And especially over the past year, dating apps have become a lifeline for millions of people craving connection as their IRL social lives stall.
But technology has met the moment with varying levels of success. Inspired by the Mozilla Foundation’s Privacy Not Included Guide to Dating Apps — a comprehensive guide to how the most popular dating apps handle personal data and privacy — we set out to better understand the ever-changing world of online dating. Read on to learn how the industry has navigated cultural shifts, privacy concerns, and a global pandemic that’s expanded the concept of a face-to-face date. Plus, tips for navigating the scene yourself.
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