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Relationships

LOVE ME TINDER : A CASE STUDY

Many of us are wary of professional dating services , but the popularity of smartphone apps has changed the romantic landscape forever . One man , against his own expectations , opened himself to the judgment of complete strangers . Then something wonderful happened .
By ALASTAIR NEWPORT

In 2013 , I was living and working in China as the

co-owner of a British style pub . My routine : mixing drinks at night , working on my novel during daylight hours . I was happy , but as I worked in the bar six nights of seven , there was little time for dating .
On holiday in Koh Chang , an old friend of mine introduced me to the app called Tinder . I was dismissive of any kind of dating service , especially one as shallow as this . Then my friend made a match . They chatted online for a while and eventually made plans to
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