Gen Z Daters Using Tinder to Match with Activists

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  • Friday, January 17 2020 @ 05:40 pm
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The newest generation entering adulthood is Gen Z (born 1995 or later) – those late teen and early twenty-somethings who plan to vote in their first election. And the thing they seem to crave most from a dating app like Tinder is connecting with other political activists.

Social justice is a big part of forging connections for Gen Z. They are facing a lot of challenges with rising student debt, low-paying jobs, and gun violence, but one of their biggest concerns is the threat of climate change. They want to meet and date others who are willing to fight and protest with them on a variety of social justice issues.

Tinder’s 2019 Year in Swipe Report found that users between the ages of 18 and 24 now make up the majority of users of its app, and were also 66 percent more likely than millennials to mention issues like climate change, gun control, or social justice in their bios.

Quartz.com interviewed 23 year-old activist Nza-Ari Khepra living in Chicago, who has been featured in Teen Vogue for her activism. She had this to say of daters her age: “I think people are always seeking someone who can appreciate who they are. And because Gen Z is very motivated and passionate about social issues, of course they want to date someone who can value their passion…We don’t want to hide a portion of ourselves to make some other person feel better, so it makes sense to be upfront and clear, and no one’s time is wasted.”

Another interesting characteristic of Gen Z daters is the way they use both social media and dating apps to meet – for friendships, hooking up, and dating, according to twenty-something lifestyle website As Told Over Brunch. They grew up with phones and social media, so there isn’t a stigma associated with meeting people online as there was with previous generations. This means they connect with people outside of their normal family and school circles, and make connections with people of different economic backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and identities, which helps shape their views on social justice.

The problem with Gen Z’s use of dating apps however, is that the lines between friendship, hooking up, and long-term relationship-seeking blur. While young daters might be up front about who they are politically and don’t shy away from talking about politics or religion like older daters, they do not necessarily address whether or not they are looking for something serious.

It seems that despite the convoluted waters Gen Z daters are swimming in, Match’s annual Dating in America study found that many have active sex lives and also want to find lasting love. They are looking for real connection.