Denver, Colo., Jun 23, 2017 / am (CNA/EWTN News).- If a recent Vanity Fair issue is to be believed, there’s some disheartening news for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.
Young singles are too busy swiping left and right on their phones making shallow, transient connections, rather than finding real love with real people.
I definitely think you can use Tinder if you’re using it to meet people – not to hook up with people.” It’s admittedly a bit difficult to find someone who can speak with moral authority specifically to dating apps in the Catholic world. “Whenever discerning the morality of an act not explicitly defined by Church teaching, we must examine the object, the intention, and the circumstances,” he said, referencing paragraph 1757 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Because of the very recent explosion of smartphones, followed by the subsequent explosion of dating apps, or because of vows of celibacy, many clergy and moral experts have actually never used dating apps themselves. “Regarding the ‘object,’ apps – in general, as an invention – are not bad in and of themselves.
“Your region matters so much,” he told CNA in an e-mail interview. Not emotion or connections.” Holly, a twenty-something devout Catholic living in Kansas City, said she has had success finding a date – and a pretty decent one at that – on the app. Granted it was the only Tinder date, but we even went out a few times before things ended.
At the time Tinder sort of freaked me out, but I decided to jump in head first and it was an enjoyable experience over all,” she said.
Like most other technologies, they are morally neutral in and of themselves,” he said.
“Apps do, however, possess a certainly quality of being transitory that can factor in to the other two components (intention and circumstances) that factor in to judging the morality of an act.” The transitory, cursory nature of swiping based on one picture in Tinder can be morally dangerous if that same mentality transfers to relationships with people, he said.
When signing up for Tinder, Ross said, probably the most important factor in whether someone will find potential dates or hook-ups is location, location, location. In New York, (most) want a distraction, attention, and/or a hook up.Alex in the Vanity Fair article said dating apps have turned romance into a competition of “Who’s slept with the best, hottest girls?