Tinder and Hinge ripped apart as Carl Benjamin outlines his ‘one problem’ with dating apps: ‘What are we doing?’

Tinder and Hinge ripped apart as Carl Benjamin outlines his ‘one problem’ with dating apps: ‘What are we doing?’

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GBN America
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce


Published: 10/07/2024

- 12:13

Updated: 10/07/2024

- 12:15

In 2023, the number of online dating service users worldwide surpassed 381 million

Political commentator Carl Benjamin has claimed that younger generations have "commodified what it is to be in love", amid the rise of dating apps.

Over 380 million people globally use dating apps as younger generations become more reliant on technology to help find their life partners.


Speaking to GBN America, Benjamin said he "feels sorry" for the younger generations as they search for romance, and compared the process of swiping through dating apps to "shopping on Amazon".

Detailing the impact of dating apps on society, Benjamin claimed that those using dating apps have "reduced people to a list of characteristics", rather than creating an "unbreakable connection".

Carl Benjamin and Tinder logo

Carl Benjamin said younger generations have 'reduced people to a list of characteristics' on dating apps

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Benjamin said: "I'm so glad I'm married and that I don't have to endure this. I can only imagine how difficult it is for these people.

"In every prior age, the selection of people you could go out with was limited by your geography, and now you can find thousands of people within a ten mile radius who matched some fairly broad criteria."

Hitting out at the "inhuman" side to dating apps, Benjamin explained: "It gives everyone the ability to swipe, swipe, swipe, swipe - what are we doing? We're not talking about what it is to actually be a human being.

"The problem I have with dating apps is the fact that people list a series of characteristics about themselves, and a series of design characteristics in their partners, as if that's what dating is about.

Dating app logos

In 2023, the number of online dating service users worldwide surpassed 381 million

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"What you're trying to do is find someone who with whom you will fall in love and produce this unbreakable connection, where they are constantly on the top of your mind because your soul won't stop throbbing for them."

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Admitting he is "not surprised" that almost "nobody is finding love on dating apps", Benjamin fumed: "You may as well just go shopping. You're on Amazon at this point, looking for a product. We've commodified what it is to be in love.

"There's nothing spiritual or romantic about any of this. It's about a kind of spark that you have when you first meet someone, and I'm not surprised you're not getting that off of the dating apps."

When asked by GBNA Correspondent Steven Edginton if he feels a "moral responsibility" in using his platform to assist younger generations in an age of social media, Benjamin said it is an "inevitability" that people will be influenced by figures like Andrew Tate.

Benjamin explained: "I think it's an inevitability, given the status of the civilisation at the moment. I'm concerned about the state of masculinity - I have two sons, who I want to also grow into masculine men. And so this sort of thing naturally triangulates itself around you.

Carl Benjamin

Carl Benjamin said people should 'get off dating apps and go out into the world'

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"You can't help but engage with these subjects because they are civilisational issues, and they are just not addressed with an ear of compassion by the mainstream at all."

Benjamin continued: "These are the problems that we have created for our young people, and we're acting like they should already be adults and have the answers to these questions, which of course they don't. And there's no instruction manual, this is all brand new.

"There are no traditional solutions to which we can fall back on here, because this is well outside of the wheelhouse of anything that has come before.

"If we spoke more about dating and courting and how actually, there are other ways to get women's attention than simply being angry and resentful online, then we could actually start solving the problem."

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