If the swipe is right

ByORRI J. AVRAHAM
June 1, 2017 20:38

Those who settled down before the online age wonder about the mysterious practice of choosing potential partners by swiping left or right.




Tinder and JSwipe

Tinder and JSwipe. (photo credit:JSWIPE/WIKIMEDIA)

In the immortal words of the Beatles, “Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.” So it was in an age when most people in the world would venture no further than the nearby village in search of a lifelong partner. In premodern times, marriage itself was seen mostly as an economic arrangement, entirely dissociated from romantic love or personal desire.

The liberalization of the individual that began in the Western world in the 1960s has come hand-inhand with a revolution in the way we conceive of romantic relationships and particularly the institution of marriage, whose new centerpiece in our generation has become the all-too-elusive ideal of passionate love.

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