Some even argue the game show is openly feminist by channeling the real attitudes of young Chinese people – particularly its womenfolk – who are career focused and “mercenary.” By even giving the 24 young women a voice, the game show is going head to head with , or a patriarchal philosophy that placed a woman at the feet of the male authorities in her life.Asia is obsessed with finding love – there’s a reason why matchmaking services have persisted in this region for so long.For every op-ed that has been written about the growth of dating app culture, someone shoots one back about how just as many people are eschewing the digital dating world for a dose of authentic connection.(CNA) recently did a survey of various individuals in Singapore who preferred dating agencies and professional matchmakers to the impersonality of dating apps.We asked Liew what he thought about the disruptive effects of dating apps on traditional dating norms.“Dating apps make the whole courtship process faster. You are actually able to get to know people you would not have encountered in daily life.
To get a local perspective, we spoke to Paktor’s regional brand marketing vice-president Darryl Liew.
“It’s instant gratification,” says Jason, one of the 20-year-olds quoted in Sales’ article, “and a validation of your own attractiveness by just, like, swiping your thumb on an app.” It’s a systemic problem fostered by dating apps’ quick swipe-no-gripe design – when it’s easy enough to find a date with a click of a button, of course you’d skip the dinner, wine and movie.
It’s this very individualized, personalized and decentralized aspect of date-by-app that has caused such a rupture in traditional Asian dating cultures.
“Hookup culture,” writes Nancy Jo Sales, “which has been percolating for about a hundred years, has collided with dating apps, which have acted like a wayward meteor on the now dinosaur-like rituals of courtship.” Liew had this to say: “For us, we have a very objective target, that is to encourage serious dating … Our marketing content is focused on healthy dating, looking for the right one, looking for someone you want to be with for the rest of your life, as well as creating meaningful connections.
“Even with the rise of dating apps, of course, some people use it for serious dating and others use them for hookups.” Liew’s comments are a dodge of the rather unsavory reputation dating apps have garnered over the last few years, but the idealistic goal of the company is admirable on its own.
In Asia, those modes of courtship still exist, living alongside their digital counterparts.