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He calls it the “emergence of a hook-up culture,” in which sexuality is “totally separated from conjugality.” “All these trends are part of a new tendency that is reducing sexuality to an activity in which there is no emotional commitment, a sort of masturbation with the other person’s body,” he writes.
Despite this, 62 percent of dating site members dream of a “serious relationship.” Online dating sites made their appearance in France 18 years ago. “The generalization of technology that was first adopted by gays...seems to have trivialized the model of ‘one-night sexual encounters’ which for a long time, only existed among the homosexual community,” observes François Kraus.
in France that's surprising even the pollsters.
According to the IFOP institute, which has been assessing dating site behavior for years, more and more registered members are using dating services for “one-night stands.” Over the last three years, the percentage of users who say they are deliberately using such websites to obtain a passing sexual encounter has almost doubled: 38 percent in 2015, up from 22 percent in 2012.
At the same time, the number of French people who have ever registered with a dating site like Tinder, Happn, or Meetic has doubled in five years: while two out of every 10 people had done so in 2010, that proportion has now reached four out of every 10.
Some 26 percent of the respondents said they have already had a sexual relationship with someone they met through a dating site.
Among actual users of those sites, 68 percent have met another user “for real,” and 83 percent of these users have had at least one sexual relationship as a result. Most of those encounters were “exclusively” sexual (56 percent) or short-lived relationships (62 percent).
That is despite the fact that most dates (75 percent) arranged through an online service are a “disappointment”: the partner does not live up to the expectation created by the “user profile” on the site.
Most online dating sites claim to help their members find lasting love.
But that is not the primary motivation of an increasing number of users.
The director of studies at IFOP, François Kraus, commented that the new tendency towards fleeting sexual encounters is a deep-seated one.
“We don’t see many evolutions of this type in such a short lapse of time: three years,” he said.
Even today, 72 percent of homosexual or bisexual individuals have ever registered with an online dating site, nearly double the 37 percent of heterosexuals who have.
François Kraus explains that the ease and discretion with which dating apps can be used on Smartphones and tablets has created a very favorable environment for people who want to find an occasional partner, “especially women.” But women are still a minority: 63 percent of heterosexual users are male.