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Still looking for a last‐​minute valentine? Maybe one of many dating apps can help you find “the one” instantly!

Paul Matzko
Tech & Innovation Editor

Matthew Feeney is the director of Cato’s Project on Emerging Technologies, where he works on issues concerning the intersection of new technologies and civil liberties. . Before coming to Cato, Matthew worked at Reason magazine as assistant editor of Rea​son​.com. He has also worked at The American Conservative, the Liberal Democrats, and the Institute of Economic Affairs. Matthew is a dual British/​American citizen and received both his B.A and M.A in philosophy from the University of Reading in England.

Gabrielle Okun is the Marketing Coordinator for Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org. She is currently pursuing her M.A. at Columbia University with a focus on Eastern European languages, politics, and history. She graduated with a B.A. in History and minor in Political Science from The College of New Jersey in 2017. Her writing was previously published by The Daily Caller News Foundation with a focus on immigration, anti‐​Semitism, and the rise of populist movements in Europe. She also works as a Polish Instructor at The Global Language Network.

Today, more than a third of long‐​term relationships are started through online dating apps like Tinder and eHarmony. (And the percentage is even higher for LGBQT communities.) During the early years of online dating, critics suggested that the apps would lead to either sexual hedonism or the formation of shallow, unstable long‐​term relationships. Well, some of the first major longitudinal studies are finally out and we can see how those concerns panned out. Join us as we discuss the vast cultural ramifications of online dating and why it’s been a net positive for modern society. Oh, and we also talk about Bristlr, a dating app for the facially hirsute and those who love them. Let’s be honest; that’s the real draw for the episode!

How do dating apps work? Do dating apps have a stigma attached to them? How do dating apps reenforce the silos in which we live our lives? Can we actually have an algorithm that creates the basis of love?

Further Reading:

“Rape Culture:” Yea or Nay?, written by Sharon Presley

Free Love: Victoria Woodhull, written by David S. D’Amato

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