Game dating websites
One new study reports, “Apps are the new norm in dating. Online dating may have wed its thousands, but it’s wounded its tens of thousands.
One study found that over half of dating app users reported feeling lonely after swiping.” They have called it “the gamification of courtship.” The fierce irony is that the “game” wounds and devastates so many.
As we celebrate another Valentine’s Day, I wonder if you will be another civilian casualty. By 2040, 70% of people are expected to meet through dating apps.” Why does that cause any concern? Dating websites and apps have ridden in on digital horseback, bearing a dozen roses and declaring their fidelity, but their first love is in your pocket — and they’re jealous lovers.
They go to sleep, wake up in the morning, and work extremely hard to make money — from you or anyone else.Who will deliver us from the gamification of our hearts — from this dating scene of death? We’re no longer condemned by the sins we’ve committed in relationships in the past — by the ways we have wittingly or unwittingly followed the course of this world (Ephesians 2:2) — and we’re not captive to the broken and prevailing dating trends of our day.While the world plays games with sex, romance, and “commitment,” Christ frees us to quit playing and start dating differently — with selflessness and humility, with clarity and intentionality, with patience and sobriety, even if we choose to meet someone online.Wi-Fi, one of the greatest achievements in communications technology, should have made romance so much easier — more people, less driving, more access.Instead, it seems to have blurred the lines we needed, leaving us even more lonely and less likely to find wedded bliss.