True love is only a swipe away

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Wondering if they should make the move to start online dating.

On a chilly day in March, Kimberly Chamberlain decided it was time to try out Tinder. Her first thoughts were optimistic.

“I felt like a hookup site and that’s what it was meant for…but every guy that I met tried to make it seem like they wanted a relationship, then BOOM they wanted in my pants. It was awkward but also very entertaining,” says Kimberly.

On average over 36 per cent of Canadians use online dating sites, according to Global News. Tinder, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony and Match are just a few of the dating sites out there for singles to mingle. Kimberly Chamberlain is part of the 36 per cent of Canadians who signed up for online dating.

Andrea Braithwaite teaches at UOIT. Her research focuses on gender and pop culture.

“Part of what online dating brings is another way to meet people, which can be beneficial,” says Braithwaite.  “Not everyone enjoys or is able to go out to meet people — things like personal preferences, money, schedules, and mobility can all get in the way, and online dating offers another option.”  But Braithwaite says online dating can also open up another avenue for harassment and abuse.

This growing trend of online romance has increased six per cent per year in Canada since 2010, according to IBISWorld. One would assume it would be easy to start a conversation with a stranger you are interested in but according to Kimberly Chamberlain, it is still a struggle.

“It was super awkward; a Tinder user told me I was pretty so I replied thank you. Then he asked if he could get into my pants. I laughed and said no but thank you, and then he told me I was super ugly,” Chamberlain says.

After that encounter Chamberlain was asking herself why she downloaded the App.

Boys will be boys, she was thinking to herself, wondering if she should give up finding someone or if she should continue using the App for a little bit. She decided to keep the App and then started talking to this guy who gave her a huge list of questions before asking her out.

“He asked me out on a date after five hours of messaging back and forth,” says Chamberlain.

It took around two weeks before they went on their date. Then it all fell into place. Kimberly and her boyfriend Christopher have been together since March 10, 2015 and are now expecting a baby girl, due March 4, 2017.

Trying to find true love is hard whether you choose the old-fashioned way or use online dating Apps. But Kimberly Chamberlain didn’t stop till she found what she was looking for.

UOIT professor Braithwaite explains, “There are a bunch of options out there, and they all work in different ways, some are subscription services that require monthly payments in order to participate, some are simply Apps.”

With many different opinions on online dating, would you consider the choice of possibly meeting someone you could fall in love with through a mobile App?

On a chilly day in March, Kimberly Chamberlain decided it was time to try out Tinder. Her first thoughts were optimistic.

“I felt like a hookup site and that’s what it was meant for…but every guy that I met tried to make it seem like they wanted a relationship, then BOOM they wanted in my pants. It was awkward but also very entertaining,” says Kimberly.

On average over 36 per cent of Canadians use online dating sites, according to Global News. Tinder, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony and Match are just a few of the dating sites out there for singles to mingle. Kimberly Chamberlain is part of the 36 per cent of Canadians who signed up for online dating.

Andrea Braithwaite teaches at UOIT. Her research focuses on gender and pop culture.

“Part of what online dating brings is another way to meet people, which can be beneficial,” says Braithwaite.  “Not everyone enjoys or is able to go out to meet people — things like personal preferences, money, schedules, and mobility can all get in the way, and online dating offers another option.”  But Braithwaite says online dating can also open up another avenue for harassment and abuse.

This growing trend of online romance has increased six per cent per year in Canada since 2010, according to IBISWorld. One would assume it would be easy to start a conversation with a stranger you are interested in but according to Kimberly Chamberlain, it is still a struggle.

“It was super awkward; a Tinder user told me I was pretty so I replied thank you. Then he asked if he could get into my pants. I laughed and said no but thank you, and then he told me I was super ugly,” Chamberlain says.

After that encounter Chamberlain was asking herself why she downloaded the App.\

Boys will be boys, she was thinking to herself, wondering if she should give up finding someone or if she should continue using the App for a little bit. She decided to keep the App and then started talking to this guy who gave her a huge list of questions before asking her out.

“He asked me out on a date after five hours of messaging back and forth,” says Chamberlain.

It took around two weeks before they went on their date. Then it all fell into place. Kimberly and her boyfriend Christopher have been together since March 10, 2015 and are now expecting a baby girl, due March 4, 2017.

Trying to find true love is hard whether you choose the old-fashioned way or use online dating Apps. But Kimberly Chamberlain didn’t stop till she found what she was looking for.

UOIT professor Braithwaite explains, “There are a bunch of options out there, and they all work in different ways, some are subscription services that require monthly payments in order to participate, some are simply Apps.”

With many different opinions on online dating, would you consider the choice of possibly meeting someone you could fall in love with through a mobile App?

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