When we have first-person experience of the consequences of our behaviour, we behave more conscientiously.
After the last guy – who stood uncomfortably close, smelled overwhelmingly of something like Lynx Africa and looked like his shirt was sprayed on from a can – strode back to his friends in a huff at rejected advances, I’d had enough.
However, it also makes it easier for us to close ourselves entirely to the potential of ‘non-ideal’ candidates, some of whom may like hats and smoked bacon but be great anyway.
Depending on what you’re looking for online, this can be problematic because, interestingly, we are terrible at knowing what we actually want, and should really have a lot less faith in our criteria.
Even better, minorities and people with specified, niche interests will always be able to find what they are interested in.
With gay dating apps such as Grindr, gay people outside of big cities can meet others without having to spend years working up the courage to express their sexuality in a heterosexual environment. Tinder, for example, is the most-used dating app on earth, and allows you to find people for casual relationships easily. com and Ok Cupid are great for seeking out commitment, and if you’re into bacon, Sizzl will connect you with other bacon lovers.