We've come a long way in the evolution of online dating, and what you might not realise is people have been searching for a way to meet people in 'unconventional' ways for decades. In the late 1600's the first personals ads appeared with the intention of helping eligible bachelors find women. In the 1990's, with the internet being used for many important and educational purposes (porn), adult dating sites began to become prominent and have grown in popularity ever since (as has porn). Adult dating has been around for a while then, and F-buddy is a good example of that, launching for the first time in 2009. But how exactly has adult dating in itself evolved over the years and how has the average user changed?
Firstly and most importantly, people's opinions of casual dating sites have changed dramatically in recent years, as we have become far more open minded to the experiences available and are beginning to allow the act of searching for a casual sexhookup online to become culturally acceptable. Society, it seems, is using general dating apps for the purpose of meeting people already, so transitioning to dating sites specifically for 'hooking up' is inevitable, especially when everyone on said site is there for that reason. Sure; you can find casual experiences on mainstream apps/sites but it's a longer process topursue, as you'll have to endure rejection from people wanting serious relationships before you find someone on the same page as yourself.
Secondly, due to the increase in popularity of adult dating as a concept, people are using these sites to fulfill many different desires, not just the physical act of meeting up for fun. People are using these sites as a replacement for porn itself, surpassing porn as the go to source of entertainment due to the fact that the photos of members are real people and can be quite revealing to say the least. There's a substantial attraction linked with knowing the images you are looking at are real and the people in them are potentially available. The porn industry is more than aware of the appeal, which is why 'amateur' videos are a very popular niche; however combining the revealing imagery with the notion of availability it's easy to see why some people enjoy casual dating sites more so than other options available.
As well as enjoyment from profile imagery, users of casual sites simply login to flirt and chat to other people. Adult dating provides a safe environment to interact digitally with strangers, so long as you are cautious with information given and received - you are dealing with strangers after all. However it grants an opportune chance to chat to people you find attractive in a flirtatious, sexual nature. This creates a setting like no other, as you feel less inclined to filter your opinions or desires as they are voiced to people of whom you don't know and that shouldn't judge.
A final reason as to why people might use a casual sex hookup site is to feel a boost of self esteem. Let's face it, it feels good to be told you are good looking by another person, or that they find you attractive or any form of compliment. Many people search for similar attention through forms or social media, and thrive off of the comments left; why would dating sites and apps be any different? There, members can post raunchy images of themselves and not feel as though they will be judged for it as that is part of the online dating site's culture and therefore should be accepted. A study at Harvard University learned, when looking at social media and our addictive nature towards it, that divulging information about yourself stimulates the same part of the brain related with pleasure. Therefore uploading revealing imagery or personal information about yourself on a dating site will have a similar outcome.
British culture now-a-days is much more experimental in our sexual endeavors and our approach to locating an ideal partner, in relation to intention. The 'hookup' site industry is a goliath in the world of online dating, and as time passes, much like mainstream (dating sites and dating apps took time to be completely accepted, we believe adult dating will become more and more present in our everyday lives. Sites like f-buddy will one day in the future be discussed openly with colleagues, friends and possibly family (perhaps that's a bit far) but who knows?!