Published On: Thu, Jun 11th, 2015

New ‘Openminded’ dating app targets ‘repressed old fashioned’ monogamy

A new dating app called OpenMinded is targeting people seeking non-monogamous, open relationships, billing themselves as an anti-cheating alternative for members who are “liberated from the confines of conventional, old-fashioned, repressed ways of loving.” Check out one popular site with this Kismia dating site review.

With over 70,000 users since it launched last month. The app’s claim is that they are appealing to the growing number of people interested in “unconventional relationship configurations.”

OpenMinded founder, Brandon Wade, launched the app in the midst of what he calls a shift in societal ideals: “Society has come to a point where marriage has taken a downward turn because it no longer satisfies the needs of the modern woman or man.”

Rachel Sheffield, a policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, disagrees and counters the claim, noting that the vast majority of Americans don’t accept or desire a marriage that allows for extramarital affairs.
The-Wedding-Ringer-Josh Gad Kevin HartSheffield points to a Gallup survey released last week that found only 8 percent of Americans view married men or women having an affair as morally acceptable. That number increased just 1 percent from 2001 to 2015, while acceptance for other moral issues, like homosexual relationships and having a baby outside marriage, jumped 23 percent and 15 percent respectively during the same time period.
OpenMinded follows the familiar path of online dating sites and apps: become a member, create a profile, connect with other users. But the app allows users to identify what kind of relationship configuration they want, and how many users they would like to connect with.
One member told The Washington Post that her “ethical non-monogamy” approach is to keep the “close, intimate, committed relationship,” but is also “open with him about weekly dates with one of her four extramarital partners.”

“If you look at marriage, it developed as a survival strategy and a means of raising kids,” Wade told the Post. “But relationships are no longer a necessary component of life. People have careers and other interests—they can survive without them.”

Sheffield disagrees. Statistics show monogamous marriage is still the best arrangement for adult and, especially, child flourishing, she said. Inside a stable marriage, children are less likely to be poor, drop out of high school, do drugs, or commit a crime, according to Heritage research.
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