What does Instagram do for modern romance? Quite a lot, Kate Demolder writes.
In 1995, the world’s first online dating website was launched, Match.com. Lonely hearts, those apparently shelved, and the socially insecure rejoiced as they could now pivot their dating schedule to online, flirting with the opportunity of a life less singular, all without having to change out of their individual goblin-modes. In the 27 years since, the ocean has deepened with internet-adjacent romantic opportunities, some niche and some flawed, an overreliance on the convenience and attention proximity factor at play throughout. The boundaries, too, of social media have shifted, Instagram in particular, transcending the limits of self-expression and shared experience, now encapsulating business and, indeed, pleasure.