” can attest to the fact that the dating game is certainly a little different than it used to be.

Apps, he said, haven’t ““It’s fairly clear that men have a greater desire for short term mating,” he said.

Sales interviewed “more than 50 young women in New York, Indiana, and Delaware, aged 19 to 29” and concluded, depressingly, that romantic intimacy is dead.

Not so, Tinder shot back yesterday, in what appeared to be a late night Twitter meltdown: Anyone who has ever received a message on Ok Cupid starting with “nice pics” or “wut r u doing tonight?

“You would get these same stories if you went around and asked people about dating back then.

They would have just met the people they were hooking up with at the nightclub instead of on Tinder.” David Buss, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin who specializes in the evolution of human sexuality, and an expert that Sales quoted in her piece, notes that Sales missed much of the nuance of his work.

On the contrary, he says, dating apps like Tinder solve a problem that has long plagued the lovelorn: getting more dates. Different people can, and do, use it in different ways,” he told me via e-mail.

“But the available evidence does not suggest that large swaths of people are using Tinder to have enormous amounts of casual sex.

I.s and 1960s-born Gen X’ers” but has since dipped among Millennials to return to the levels of Baby Boomers.

“There was certainly a lot of promiscuity going on in the 1970s as well,” she said.