With the possibility of love just a (right) swipe away, finding a partner seems easier than ever. However, despite all our Tinder, Happn or Grindr adventures, the number of singles in cities such as Amsterdam is on a rise. Does the 'cornerstone of society' live alone in 2050, or are the youngsters nowadays looking for a different kind of relationship? What does this digital way of flirting and dating mean for the way our cities are shaped? This evening we discover the state of love and relationships in cities worldwide, the impact of digital dating tools and check out possible future love scenarios.
With amongst others:
• Multidisciplinary designer Bea van Grutten is a part of the swipe right generation. She regrets that the key moments of meeting a potential partner all happens on a screen now, making the experience less romantic and instinctive than in real life. That’s why she has created WOO, a design project inspired by the animal world that brings the pheromones back and rethinks the future of flirting.
• Communication scientist Elisabeth Timmermans is a true Tinder expert. For her doctoral research, she interviewed no fewer than 3,000 users about their behavior on the popular dating app, resulting in the book ‘Love in times of Tinder’. What is the influence of social media and dating apps on our relationships? On the basis of recent scientific research and dozens of testimonials, she will guide you through love, sex and romance in the city.
• Content creator, host and producer Timo Harmelink is one of the three hosts of the popular podcast Datevermaak. He is single and a real experience expert on dating. In the bi-weekly Datevermaak podcast, Timo, Lisa and Lieke find out what dating means in 2019. We are all looking for that one person to grow old with. We are constantly dating and swipe our way around. But why is dating so complicated? And can you become better at it?
• Connection curator Thomas C. Knox Is the creator of Date While You Wait. An initiative in New York City that provides a quick, meaningful and unforgettable dose of goodness in a world sometimes flooded with negativity. Each day in New York City, hundreds of thousands of strangers standing next to each other without saying one word with their eyes fixated on their electronic devices during their daily commutes. Date While You Wait is a beautiful distraction to lighten the mood of someone’s day and strike up quick conversations while waiting on a subway platform.
Music/poetry by Kirsten Berkx, singer/songwriter, poet & actress
WorldTalks Amsterdam is made possible bij Rabobank Amsterdam.