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  • Neil: Hello. And welcome to 6 Minute

  • English. I'm Neil.

  • Dan: And I'm Dan.

  • Neil: Now then, Dan. What do you think

  • of dating apps - you know, apps

  • on your phone that help

  • you find a romantic partner?

  • Dan: I can't say I've ever used them

  • myself. How about you?

  • Neil: Neither have I, but I've got friends

  • who have, very successfully.

  • Lots of weddings.

  • Dan: Great!

  • Neil: Now, research shows that fewer than

  • 5% of people who have used dating apps,

  • actually go out on a date

  • with someone they met through them.

  • We'll find out the reasons for this

  • shortly, but first, a question.

  • Even though dating apps are not used

  • as much as we might

  • think, they are still big business, but do

  • you know how big?

  • Around the world last year

  • how much was spent on them?

  • Was it: a) less than half a billion dollars

  • b) between half a billion and a billion

  • dollars, or

  • c) over a billion dollars?

  • Any ideas, Dan?

  • Dan: Well, this is purely a guess, but

  • let's say over a billion dollars.

  • Neil: Well, we'll have the answer

  • at the end of the programme.

  • Elizabeth Tinnemans is a

  • researcher who studied the use of

  • a particular dating app. She spoke

  • on the BBC's You and

  • Yours radio programme on Radio 4.

  • Her study confirmed that comparatively

  • few people who used the app

  • used it to arrange to meet up

  • with someone. She talked about

  • people's motives for using the app.

  • Motives is a word which means 'reasons' -

  • so what were those motives?

  • Elizabeth Tinnnemans: We found from all

  • the people that we surveyed

  • that only slightly more than

  • half of them actually met up with

  • someone. So it doesn't look like a lot of

  • people are using it to meet up but

  • it makes sense because we also

  • looked at why they were

  • using a dating app and the most popular

  • and most common motives were

  • using it out of curiosity

  • and using it to pass time

  • or entertainment. So they're not

  • actively using these dating

  • apps to meet people like swiping

  • with friends is something that

  • happens fairly often, especially

  • among millennials.

  • Neil: Tinnemans said that people use

  • the app to pass the time and simply

  • for entertainment.

  • What other motives did she mention, Dan?

  • Dan: Well, she said that people used it

  • out of curiosity. If you do something

  • out of curiosity you're just interested in

  • seeing what it is and what it does.

  • Maybe you've heard about

  • something and although you don't want

  • to actually try it, you do want to see

  • what it's all about.

  • For example, when I was travelling once,

  • out of curiosity, I went to see

  • people bungee jumping, but it was never

  • something I was going to do myself.

  • Neil: Was the lack of actual dating

  • through the dating app a surprise?

  • Dan: No, she said that because

  • they looked at the motives, the result

  • makes sense. When something

  • makes sense, it's understandable,

  • it's not surprising.

  • Neil: There is another view as to why

  • people are not using dating apps

  • for actual dating.

  • This is Zoe Strimpel who is

  • a dating historian. She argues that

  • because there is so much choice

  • and so many opportunities to find

  • a partner through an app, it can make

  • the dating process

  • unpleasant and people get tired of it.

  • Zoe Strimpel: People are being

  • horribly disillusioned. I think people have

  • also started to feel jaded.

  • People are feeling that they're aware that

  • these relationships are often very callous

  • and that's to do with the sort of

  • incredible sense of choice.

  • Neil: She says that people feel

  • disillusioned and jaded.

  • What does she mean?

  • Dan: When you are disillusioned it means

  • that you are unhappy with and

  • disappointed by something

  • because it isn't as good as it used to be

  • or it's not as good as you thought it was

  • going to be. If you have many experiences

  • like that you become jaded which means

  • you become bored and lose

  • interest in something.

  • Neil: She also commented that

  • the dating experience can be callous.

  • Dan: This means that emotionally

  • it can be very tough and you have

  • to be ready to accept

  • rejection or to reject people yourself and

  • this is not always done in the kindest way.

  • Neil: Here's Zoe Strimpel again.

  • Zoe Strimpel: People are being

  • horribly disillusioned. I think people

  • have also started to feel jaded.

  • People are feeling that they're aware that

  • these relationships are often very callous

  • and that's to do with the sort of

  • incredible sense of choice.

  • Neil: OK. Time to review today's

  • vocabulary, but first, let's have

  • the answer to the quiz question.

  • I asked how much was spent on

  • dating apps last year. Was it:

  • a) less than half a billion dollars

  • b) between half a billion and a billion

  • dollars, or c) over a billion dollars?

  • Dan, you said?

  • Dan: I said c) over a billion dollars.

  • Neil: Well, the total was just under

  • $600m so the correct answer was

  • b) between half a billion and

  • a billion dollars. Good guess if you got

  • that one right! Right, now it's

  • time to recap today's vocabulary.

  • Our first word today was motives.

  • A motive is your reason

  • for doing something.

  • Dan: If something makes sense it is not

  • a surprise and you can understand it.

  • Neil: The next phrase was out of curiosity.

  • This is when you do something

  • for no particular

  • reason other than you are interested

  • in seeing it or trying it.

  • Dan: Then had disillusioned.

  • This is a feeling you get when

  • something isn't as good as it

  • used to be or as good as you expected it

  • to be and you become disappointed by it.

  • Neil: And that can lead to your

  • being jaded, which is a feeling

  • of dissatisfaction and

  • boredom with something that

  • has been going on for a while.

  • Dan: And finally there was callous -

  • an adjective which means uncaring

  • and cold-hearted.

  • Neil: Well, I hope you aren't disillusioned

  • with 6 Minute English and

  • will join us again

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  • a dating app! Bye for now.

  • Dan: Bye bye!

Neil: Hello. And welcome to 6 Minute

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