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Connections: How mobile and online dating apps have changed dating culture



Tinder debuted in 2012, and since then, it – and other mobile and online dating apps – has revolutionized dating culture. Research on the subject is still in its early stages, but scientists say the multi-billion dollar industry has taught us a lot about human nature, what people look for in potential partners, and how technology can help or impede the process.

This hour, we sit down with people who have used the apps to discuss the pros and cons, and we hear from researchers about how Tinder,, and other sites have changed the landscape of dating. Our guests:

  • Dennis O’Brien, Rochester resident who uses mobile dating apps
  • Ouliana Nikolaeva-Hir, Rochester resident who met her husband on Tinder
  • Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester
  • Harry Reis, professor of psychology and dean’s professor in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester