The Moral Rights and Wrongs of Online Dating and Hook-ups

Michał Klincewicz, Lily Frank*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this chapter we identify three potentially morally problematic behaviours that are common among users of dating and hook-up apps (DHAs) and provide arguments as to why they may or may not be considered (a) in a category of their own, distinct from similar behaviours outside of DHAs; (b) caused or facilitated by affordances and business logic of DHAs; (c) as indeed morally wrong. We also consider ways in which morally problematic behaviours can be anticipated, mitigated, or even prevented by analysis of the ethical and moral dimensions of technologies and their afforded uses. Finally, we offer some possible directions for future work on these topics in particular and on the ethical consequences of DHAs in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics
EditorsCarissa Veliz
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University
ISBN (Electronic)9780191890437
ISBN (Print)9780198857815
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Dating
  • Techno-moral Change
  • Sexuality
  • Value Sensitive Design


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