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The 9 Dating Apps Every Student Should Know About
For the past week I've been frozen on the final step of creating an online dating profile — not least because I can't think of a suitably private yet mature username. Before writing about this for the Guardian it was a decision I'd kept completely confidential and I'm still not sure that I'll follow it through. It wasn't something I'd ever even considered until my best friend suggested it. Two of her friends at university highly recommended online dating — and it turns out a few of my friends had quietly been doing it, though it's still not something the majority of my friends are prepared to consider. There are several student dating websites: Date at Uni, Dating for Students and the terribly named FreshMeet that boast tens of thousands of student members. Despite being aware of these sites, and despite having representatives from the speed-dating app Ember promoting on our campus, actually signing up is not something we have ever seriously considered. There is a real stigma attached to online dating amongst students. When conducting research for this article someone told me: "As students; people thrown together from all walks of life into halls which are fertile environments for relationships … with so many societies and parties to meet new people, I cannot imagine who would use online dating at university. Callously worded perhaps but it reflects a prevailing view about online dating amongst students.
We love a good party as much as anyone. But the logistics of trying to get to know someone in a packed basement over blaring trap music while someone does body shots in the corner are a bit challenging. It's not exactly the prime environment for romance. Although maybe you're not looking for romance? Party on, friend.
Online dating once was something people had to keep secret, and was treated as the domain of people who couldn't get a "real" date. But online dating has gone mainstream, and a Match. People aged 18 to 30 are more likely to use online dating than other demographics, and some dating sites are targeted specifically to college students.
Student online dating: is it time to ditch the stigma?
By Ashley Henshaw. Students today are busier than ever, especially with more of them having to work to help pay for tuition. Fortunately, many online dating services have made the process of finding a date easy. Using an online dating website just for college students makes it easier to find other young people who have similar goals and interests. For example, the creators of DateMySchool.