This is true for Jasmine, who shares that while her goal changed frequently, her underlying hope was to find something meaningful.
Dan says he joined after a breakup and sometimes felt like he was looking for a rewarding relationship, while other times the meetup was motivated by a desire for sex without commitment.
"Personally, when I meet someone through an app, I feel like I have more freedom to act differently," Teddy shares.
"When I started using dating apps, I was looking to just date," she tells us.As for Sharon, she was "looking for a serious relationship" from the start, though she "also liked the prospect of meeting new people and exploring a new city together.Curious to find out whether there was a difference between meeting a date through an app or IRL, we asked the participants to share their experiences.In a similar line of thought, Sharon explains that "when you meet someone randomly, like at a bar, it's unlikely to end up sharing a ton of interests with the other person.Backgrounds of where you grew up and how you grew up, religious or political affiliations could be very different, which I found was ultimately the reason why I didn't see a future with certain people I met in organic settings that were fun to hang out with but lacked common visions." She also says that setups can be awkward, too, since you or your mutual friend could end up upset if it doesn't work out.