Men on dating apps generally think that when they go on a date with women less attractive than what her profile picture shows, they are entitled to have casual sex with her to compensate for ‘breach of trust’, finds a study.
Everyone sees themselves as behaving honestly, while presenting their best possible version. But many respondents felt let down on meeting a woman and admitted that the visual representation hadn’t been accurate. Some felt that this breaking of trust was a licence for them to use their date as they saw fit, thereby speeding up intimacy and undermining it at the same time.
Sociologists carried out a study on use of dating app among men to find out how it affected the nature of participants’ relationships and intimacies. While it is natural for human beings to take advantage of each other, the app hasn’t changed anything and instead made it easier.
Researchers attribute this to self-promotion encouraged by digital culture, which in turn is affecting the authenticity in romantic encounters, often leading to disappointment.