Come on Baby, Light My Fire: A study on Dutch Millennial Usage of Dating Applications and Morals

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Stokes, Hannah; American University
Millennial; generational theory; mobile dating application; social media; Family, Life Course, and Society; Leisure Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Social and Cultural Anthropology
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This is an explorative study of Dutch Millennials and their usage of mobile dating applications in better understanding the connections between youth culture, technology, and intimate relationships. This research also explores common behaviors and beliefs of a specific age group using generational theory. Five qualitative interviews with Dutch Millennials born between 1983 and 1997. The data from the interviews was analyzed using a generational theory framework, but also in relation to common understanding of the Millennial generation’s characteristics and behaviors. Participants spoke about their identities as Millennials, their relationship with technology and social media, as well as their experiences dating in the 21st century. With the introduction of IT technology early on in their lives, Millennials have come to be defined by their use of tech devices, but strive to find a balance offline. I found that while Dutch Millennials are using mobile dating applications, like Tinder, they are also still using more traditional methods of meeting possible partners in person. This research is important for anyone studying or interested in the rise of online dating, the Millennial generation, or youth culture