‘Swiped’ Matches Digital Hookups With Unforeseen Consequences

Tellingly, the broader issues explored in “Swiped” are so much in the public consciousness right now that they’re peripherally the subject of two dramatic projects that premiered just this weekend: “You,” a Lifetime series about a stalker who uses social media to try to seduce his prey; and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” a Netflix movie in which a self-conscious teenage girl assumes a classmate’s identity as she uses her cellphone to flirt with an attractive boy.
“Swiped” also cites the influence of pornography, especially on young men, who — as some of the women interviewed note — use these digitally mediated hookups to find partners willing to indulge their porn-fed fantasies.
    The most unsettling aspect of “Swiped,” as the experts note, is that because society is at such a nascent stage of this phenomenon, it’s not as yet clear precisely where these forces will lead — and whether those responsible have simply brought another shiny new wrinkle into the process of pairing up or, more unnervingly, opened Pandora’s box.
    “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” premieres Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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