Why I Choose to Be a Reluctant Monogamist in An Age of Right Swipes

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Why I Choose to Be a Reluctant Monogamist in An Age of Right Swipes

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n the simpler days of 2012, when the most sexually promiscuous mainstream phenomenon was 50 Shades of Grey, Tinder exploded into our collective consciousness like a particularly graphic dick pic. Suddenly, everyone was swiping left and right as casually as the BJP would soon begin promising acche din. But somehow, I could only partake in this brave new dating landscape vicariously, thumbing through my friends’ accounts with a feeling I didn’t yet have the language to describe: FOMO.

You see, being in an exclusive relationship meant I had to recuse myself from the carousel of thirst dating had become. “So what?”, you say, reminding me that in this Huxleyan age of 2018, Tinder is seen as a relic, practically the spinster Victorian aunt of millennial romance. But at the beginning of the decade, we didn’t have “polyamory” and “open relationships” in the mainstream.  

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