Dating apps: A literature review.

Shangwei Wu, Daniel Trottier

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Dating apps have become one of the most prominent and contentious
topics in the realm of intimacy among the wider public and academia.
Media and communication researchers have examined their uptake
across cultural contexts, seeking to address the dynamics between
dating apps and social processes. With the knowledge accumulated in
this research field, we assemble a comprehensive account of
interactions through dating apps. We categorize existing findings about
dating apps into three sections: dating apps and their reconfiguration,
dating practices and their remediation, and lastly social arrangements
and their reformation. These sections together present dating apps as a
technological consequence of various social forces that mediate users’
daily practices and social relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-115
Number of pages25
JournalAnnals of the International Communication Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the Research Base of the Consolidation of Chinese National Community Consciousness,
Jinan University [grant number: JDGTT202113]

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