Badiou found the opposite problem with online sites: The septuagenarian Hegelian philosopher writes in his book of being in the world capital of romance Paris and everywhere coming across posters for Meetic , which styles itself as Europe's leading online dating agency. Badiou worried that the site was offering the equivalent of car insurance: But love isn't like that, he complains.
Love is, for him, about adventure and risk, not security and comfort. But, as he recognises, in modern liberal society this is an unwelcome thought: And I think it's a philosophical task, among others, to defend it. Across Paris, Kaufmann is of a similar mind. He believes that in the new millennium a new leisure activity emerged. It was called sex and we'd never had it so good. Basically, sex had become a very ordinary activity that had nothing to do with the terrible fears and thrilling transgressions of the past.
All they needed to do was sign up, pay a modest fee getting a date costs less than going to see a film , write a blog or use a social networking site. Nothing could be easier. In a sense, though, sex and love are opposites. One is something that could but perhaps shouldn't be exchanged for money or non-financial favours; the other is that which resists being reduced to economic parameters.
The problem is that we want both, often at the same time, without realising that they are not at all the same thing.
And online dating intensifies that confusion. Kaufmann argues that in the new world of speed dating, online dating and social networking, the overwhelming idea is to have short, sharp engagements that involve minimal commitment and maximal pleasure. In this, he follows the Leeds-based sociologist Zygmunt Bauman , who proposed the metaphor of "liquid love" to characterise how we form connections in the digital age.
It's easier to break with a Facebook friend than a real friend; the work of a split second to delete a mobile-phone contact. In his book Liquid Love, Bauman wrote that we "liquid moderns" cannot commit to relationships and have few kinship ties.
We incessantly have to use our skills, wits and dedication to create provisional bonds that are loose enough to stop suffocation, but tight enough to give a needed sense of security now that the traditional sources of solace family, career, loving relationships are less reliable than ever. And online dating offers just such chances for us to have fast and furious sexual relationships in which commitment is a no-no and yet quantity and quality can be positively rather than inversely related. After a while, Kaufmann has found, those who use online dating sites become disillusioned.
But all-pervasive cynicism and utilitarianism eventually sicken anyone who has any sense of human decency. When the players become too cold and detached, nothing good can come of it. He also comes across online addicts who can't move from digital flirting to real dates and others shocked that websites, which they had sought out as refuges from the judgmental cattle-market of real-life interactions, are just as cruel and unforgiving — perhaps more so. Online dating has also become a terrain for a new — and often upsetting — gender struggle.
Men have exercised that right for millennia. But women's exercise of that right, Kaufmann argues, gets exploited by the worst kind of men. The want a 'real man', a male who asserts himself and even what they call 'bad boys'. So the gentle guys, who believed themselves to have responded to the demands of women, don't understand why they are rejected.
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