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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

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.