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Dating. It’s a struggle. The number of people on the swipe-chatting app, Tinder, increases daily while everyone searches for that special someone. Tinder currently has “50 million users” according to DMR Business statistics. That’s “1.6 billion swipes daily,” meaning even in the modern hectic lives people live, there’s still time to find love. Others will seek out set ups from friends, or meet people naturally and decide to go on a date.
Galentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day cooler, lesser-known sister holiday. Galentine’s Day, made famous by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, is all about celebrating female love (and empowerment). Here are three cute DIY gifts for $10 and under that are perfect for your besties.
Leaving for college can be tricky and even emotional. Saying goodbye to friends and family takes some practice and managing a different course load can be ambitious. If managing a long-distance relationship between cities or even states apart seems daunting, read on. Several Ohio University students shared some real-talk about what nightly FaceTime calls are like in a relationship.
For twenty-somethings such as junior Allie Sharrock, Tinder is the go-to for desires of the romantic nature.
“I think it’s very user-friendly, and I believe it’s the most commonly used dating app,” Sharrock said. “It’s useful because it gives me the opportunity to talk to and flirt with a plethora of people.”
Although Tinder remains popular among teens and young adults in the States, the youth of other nations gravitate toward other dating apps.
In a 2015 infographic provided by Carvaka, a UK-based sex toys company, regions such as South America, Western Europe, South Africa, Spain, and the Pacific islands tend to favor another dating app: Badoo.
Badoo was founded in London, England and boasts an impressive 334 million users, and counting. Badoo also owns or powers several other dating and social apps, such as Lulu and Blendr. According to Badoo, users send roughly 350 million messages collectively per day. On average, 400 thousand new users sign up for Badoo daily.
Badoo operates similarly to Tinder: you can match with someone to start a conversation (although you check “yes” or “no” for each profile you view instead of swiping right or left). Other features allow Badoo users to view and chat with people in their area, as well as search for people abroad. Although it’s free to sign up for Badoo, users can purchase access to certain features that allow them to contact people without “matching.” What makes Badoo a little different from other apps is that female users can add “secret comments” to guy’s profiles, alerting other women of negative qualities or giving a digital stamp of approval.
Carvaka reports that dating apps have increased in popularity among 18 to 24-year-olds, moving past online dating sites. However, this demographic uses dating services (whether mobile or online), more than any other age group.
Badoo and Tinder dominate the dating app game, but other apps maintain popularity in China and Russia, such as Momo and Frim, which operate like chat room/instant messaging services. Similarly, some European countries (where German tends to be the predominant language) favor the app Lovoo. This dating service allows users to view people in their area or match with people Tinder-style. Countries in Asia have a wide variety of smaller apps (that focus more on their geographic location) they use to find romantic partners or friends.
Dating apps such as these take away from the anxiety of getting to know a person romantically.
Sharrock would agree in regards to Tinder: “It makes it easier for me to meet people especially because I’m shy.”
Although these apps have various features, they all share desirable traits: the ability to chat with someone before meeting them, to meet people one may have never stumbled upon and to make rejection less severe.
Cue the pink and red palette onslaught. It’s that time again: when over-priced boxes of chocolate fill the shelves as far as the eye can see, and creepy pink and red heart-covered bears sing you songs that are supposed to give you the ‘warm fuzzies.’ But for all those who have trouble stomaching those ‘warm fuzzies,’ here are five alternative sweet treat Valentine’s ideas that may be a little easier to digest.
When many students at Ohio University think about the relationship between male and female students, the first scene that may come to mind is hooking up after sharing a few shots at a Mill St. rager. What many people don’t realize is that there are some Bobcats out there in committed relationships, and some who have even gone as far as putting a ring on it before they graduate.
Between class, studying and countless hours of practice, one might wonder if a college athlete would dare tackle the task of a serious relationship. There are, without question, some that have taken it on, and their significant others have come forward to share their struggles and triumphs as a couple with a third wheel in their relationship. Continue reading Dating a College Athlete: Inside the Relationship→
At least a time or two in our lives, we have given or received the advice that “playing hard to get” is the answer. We have been told, or at least we’ve told others – don’t appear too eager, don’t let him or her know how you feel, be more mysterious, etc. Somehow, we have conditioned ourselves into thinking that the less interested we seem, the more interested the other person will become. It’s all about the chase – or so we thought.