In honor of The Sun’s fiftieth year in print, we’re revisiting topics that have appeared in past issues and reprinting some of the original responses. “The Personals” (updated here to “Dating Apps”) first ran in our December 1994 issue.
I was feeling isolated after moving from California to Alaska. My dad encouraged me to try a dating app, which, despite being in my late twenties, I had never done. He said it could be a way to make friends and maybe even find a community. (I’m not sure he knew how dating apps work.) “What do you have to lose?” he asked.