THE GUARDIAN - For the past ten years, dating apps have been a central part of the dating scene. However, a growing number of individuals are becoming disillusioned with the swiping culture and are exploring alternatives. Some reasons for the disillusionment include fake profiles, the superficial nature of app-based interactions, and the negative impacts on mental well-being. Tinder, one of the world's most popular dating apps, saw its user base drop by 5% in 2021. Furthermore, over 90% of Gen Z expresses frustration with dating apps. People are now searching for alternative methods to meet potential partners. Some are revisiting old practices like being set up by friends or family, while others are trying out new methods like wearing a "Pear ring," indicating they're open to being approached. Other alternatives include "slow dating" events, workshops focused on flirting, and single mixers.