Does Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age reflect the death of romance?

Part interviews with young American Tinder users, part experts spouting off about why everything is awful, this dating doc has a short shelf life

Tinder is an app you are supposed to use for casual sex that every couple at the centre of every wedding you’ve been to recently has fundamentally misinterpreted. It is also – alongside Grindr, Hinge and Bumble – responsible for a rockfall-like shift in the cliff face of dating that has been changing the way people meet for the past five years. Is this digital connection-making – and the casual hook-up culture it necessarily catalyses – something that needs to make society clutch its pearls close in fear? That’s the question Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (Sun, 10pm, Sky Atlantic) sort of asks, and barely answers.

Swiped … is split into two parts, one being swaying, handheld-cam interviews with beautiful American young people who use and enjoy hook-up apps (broadly: every single straight American male wears a cap and thinks they’re “great”; every straight woman definitely sees the benefits of them but is hesitant to give them a full thumbs-up; marginalised folk have a much harder time with apps and don’t want to admit whether they are good or bad). The second is formed of slick, in-a-lush-front-room chats with experts who use pop anthropology to say that everything is awful. Young people get horny and old guys in glasses get mad about it. It’s a tale as old as time.

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