The journal element of these two dating apps offers a rare and intimate prism into the psyches of its Japanese users
Whereas in the US, I highly doubt that Americans will care whether I’m the eldest dily, birth order seems to hold a greater significance for Japanese people. For Japanese women looking for a potential partner, ily can be both a blessing and a burden since in more traditional families, the eldest son inherits the bulk of his family’s properties as well as the obligation to take care of his parents after they grow old.
There is an unanticipated degree of up-frontness when it comes to displaying information related to money. On several of the dating apps, for instance, users can choose to answer the question of who they think should pay for the first date – should it be the man, the person with the higher income or should it be split in half? And when it comes to information about income, almost every Japanese dating app I checked out allows you the option of showing your salary level. In the case of Omiai, you can even filter profiles by income brackets. In the field of occupations that the dating app With has its users fill out, there are choices that include « Working at a publicly-listed company » or « Working at a top 10 financial company, » which signals to prospective dates your high-income level. The degree of openness regarding a user’s economic status is something that I’ve never encountered before using American dating apps, most of which, with the exception of Match, avoid bringing wages into the equation. Continue reading « Another question that is absent from American dating apps but nearly ubiquitous on Japanese dating apps is birth order »