He noticed the trends in online dating as a way for students to present themselves with confidence.“When we bring students in for interviews, they’re more reserved in person,” van Dulmen said.
Kristen and Dean Wood met at Kent State and married in 2013.
Dating back then meant going out to bars, cheering each other on and making the first move in person.
But contrary to belief, apps haven’t led to a culture of endless hookups.
A little over 90 percent of these students said they are using Tinder and other apps for purposes other than hooking up. Well, 34 percent of those who favored Tinder said it was mostly for entertainment.
“We make a no phone rule at times so we ensure we get quality time and don't let technology suck up all our time because it's so easy to do so.”Garrett Palmer, a senior anthropology major, met his girlfriend Nicole Barrett in 2016 through Tinder.
At first, Palmer only downloaded the app in agreement with a friend, but after meeting Nicole for dinner, the two started dating.“I was drawn in by her pictures,” Palmer said.The words used confuse a younger generation with being pro-hookup, van Dulmen said.Dating apps and social media can put two people together in a way unimaginable even 10 years ago.“We went to Quaker and the date went well.”Palmer recognizes the stigma of dating apps, and said they typically are viewed only as hook-up opportunities, but doesn’t see the harm in downloading the app just for fun.“I think it’s the norm for college students to at least download the app,” he said.“I usually only meet people at bars and parties, but this seemed harmless and fun.”Palmer remembers a time when his dad asked his brother about the app, saying it was “stupid,” but Palmer said if his parents or older generations grew up with cell phones and the internet, the mindset would change.And behind that, people are using them to find friends, though a friend in this case could be loosely defined.