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I definitely think you can use Tinder if you're using it to meet people – not to hook up with people.” It's admittedly a bit difficult to find someone who can speak with moral authority specifically to dating apps in the Catholic world. “Whenever discerning the morality of an act not explicitly defined by Church teaching, we must examine the object, the intention, and the circumstances,” he said, referencing paragraph 1757 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Like most other technologies, they are morally neutral in and of themselves,” he said.

“Apps do, however, possess a certainly quality of being transitory that can factor in to the other two components (intention and circumstances) that factor in to judging the morality of an act.” The transitory, cursory nature of swiping based on one picture in Tinder can be morally dangerous if that same mentality transfers to relationships with people, he said.

“I would imagine most people who use that app aren’t there because they’re looking for a chaste relationship,” he added.

And indeed, quite a bit of colloquial evidence backs him up.

“Your region matters so much,” he told CNA in an e-mail interview. Not emotion or connections.” Holly, a twenty-something devout Catholic living in Kansas City, said she has had success finding a date – and a pretty decent one at that – on the app. Granted it was the only Tinder date, but we even went out a few times before things ended.

At the time Tinder sort of freaked me out, but I decided to jump in head first and it was an enjoyable experience over all,” she said.

.- If a recent Vanity Fair issue is to be believed, there's some disheartening news for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.

Young singles are too busy swiping left and right on their phones making shallow, transient connections, rather than finding real love with real people.

We get so wrapped up in thinking about what we want for ourselves that we forget we are dealing with another human person – and image and likeness of God. “But the rapid-fire nature of Tinder's 'scan and swipe' makes it easy to turn many, many human persons into commodities in a short period of time.

That is what is scariest to me.” Bonacci said while it's possible to find someone who’s interested in a virtuous dating relationship through apps like Tinder, the chances of that happening are probably pretty low when compared with online dating sites that have more extensive profiles.

Romance is dead, proposes author Nancy Jo Sales, in the September 2015 issue of the publication.

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