In the past few years, online dating has exploded in a way people never saw coming. Seemingly overnight, countless apps and websites popped up promising to help its users find lasting love through swipes and questionnaires.
In some ways, the prevalence of online dating in 2018 is a good thing. With endless matches at their fingertips, singles don’t need much more than a smartphone to find the love of their life…right? Not exactly. The problem with today’s version of online dating is that people match with each other based on superficial qualities like looks, status, and even height. “In some ways, online dating has caused people to date with less integrity,” explains Amy Baglan, founder and CEO of MeetMindful, a dating app centered on mindfulness. “People almost felt disposable—like the human-to-human connection was lost.”
In addition to causing people to date with less integrity, the world of online dating as it stands now puts little focus on the importance of shared interests and values—and research shows this is one of the most important factors in finding lasting love. That’s why it’s important to be conscientious when choosing your online dating services and choose apps and sites that aren’t as focused on the superficial, like MeetMindful, which places value on matching people who share the same passions.
So how can you go about finding a partner you’ll have a lasting connection with in the digital age? Here are three ways to make it happen.