Is Trump killing romance?


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The Sacramento Bee has kind of a funny piece out right now called "How Donald Trump is killing romance."

You can't escape politics these days. It's everywhere, even in the bedroom, and finding out if a potential date is a Trump supporter could be the deciding factor in whether or not the relationship should move forward.

Some Tinder profiles read:

“Did you vote for or do you support Trump? Then I’m not your man. It would never work."

"Trump voters please swipe left, and go to your room and think about what you’ve done."

One Bumble profile (Bumble is a dating app in which women make the first move) reads:

“What I’m looking for . . . well, in this crazy day and age, first and foremost, someone who did not vote for Trump."

Most people probably want to end up with someone who's values are similar to their own, but have things gone a little too far? It seems like people hide themselves in their echo chamber and surround themselves with the stuff they want to hear.

Laurie Davis Edwards, a relationship coach and founder of the website eflirtexpert.com, told the SacBee:

“His presidency has created this new deal-breaker. I’ve never seen it like this before, where people say ‘no’ to Trump supporters, or they only want to date other Trump supporters. It tells me that people are valuing politics much higher as a preference than they were before. ... It’s another example of how massively our dating culture has changed over the past four years, partly because of politics and also because of technology.”

Tinder only allows 500 characters in its profiles, and Bumble allows even less with 300. Davis Edwards says that since January, many users are using that precious space to make it clear how much they loathe the President:

“Around the time of the election, we did see some people who would call out that they were Trump supporters, but since then, I don’t know if people necessarily need to say online that they support him – he’s the head of our nation whether you like it or not. But I have clients all over the country, and people are saying, ‘If you’re a Trump supporter, swipe left.’ ”

Maybe it's a good thing that people are getting all of their political views out in the open to begin with? Or maybe the world has become a snowglobe-like echo chamber, full of precious snowflakes safe from reality.

Either way dating, politics, and the internet are all in bed together. And it doesn't look like that's going away anytime soon.

Read Angela Hart's full piece at the SacBee.


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