Dating apps enable us to do things we have never done before and are now often created to fit into a specific (sub)culture.
This article discusses several dating apps using theories regarding globalization.
In the US you can subscribe to meet people with the same political views as you (dating website for Donald Trump supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters).
The famous opening line of Jane Austen's (1813) classic book 'Pride and Prejudice' runs as follows: The expressed sentiment illustrates that the characters in the book, like most people, are much occupied with finding a partner, to attain things like love, stability or security.
A partner in the time of Jane Austen was usually handpicked or at least approved of by the parents.
The amount of and diversity in dating apps has expanded immensely over the last few years.
There are for instance dating sites you can only subscribe to if you have attained a certain educational level, or look a certain way.
Looking for that special someone or companionship became a lot easier at the end of the 20th century with the invention and widespread adoption of the newest technological development: the internet.