The evolution of online dating has followed a similar path to that of other social networking sites.
Networks are moving away from websites towards mobile apps.
Some important definitions to keep in mind when thinking about the controversies surrounding dating apps include: Online Dating: "The practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet, typically via a dedicated website." This definition has not caught up to reflect the change in the online dating scene.Therefore, separate terminology should be used for mobile dating.Mobile Dating: "Social networking via a mobile community, application or web site for the purpose of dating." The focus of mobile dating is the use of applications through smartphones or other mobile devices.Geolocation: "..process of finding, determining and providing the exact location of a computer, networking device or equipment.It enables device location based on geographical coordinates and measurements.
Geolocation commonly uses Global Positioning System (GPS) and other related technologies to assess and specify geographical locations." By using mobile devices that have GPS capabilities, mobile daters can locate other users in their area.
This is especially important when hooking up rather than dating.
Dating: "An engagement to go out socially with another person, often out of romantic interest." Dating involves people getting to know one another through social interaction with the hopes of future interactions.
Though dating may lead to a sexual encounter, it is not the expressed intent.
Hooking Up: It is difficult to define hooking up because the term is ambiguous.
For some it is simply the act of kissing for others it means casual sexual intercourse.