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Dating as an Occupation: Swipe Right for Occupational Therapy
OT Practice
  • Karen McCarthy, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
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At a first glance, these may look like personal ads you might in the past have found in any newspaper classified section, yet they could be mini occupational profiles that represent your clients. Each profile contains information about the client, their interests and passions, their values, and their goals and dreams for meeting a partner.

Personal ads, once so public for everyone who opened a newspaper to read, have now moved onto the vast and complicated world of online dating. The game has changed, with 15% of adults in the United States reporting they have used online dating sites or mobile dating applications (apps), and with more than 1,000 dating websites and apps, terms like Tinder, Grinder, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, Bumble, CoffeeMeetsBagel, EHarmony, and JDate can sound like someone is speaking another language (Smith & Anderson, 2016). The occupation of dating has quickly evolved, with modern romance becoming a multibillion dollar industry and a priority occupation for many of our clients.

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Karen McCarthy. "Dating as an Occupation: Swipe Right for Occupational Therapy" OT Practice Vol. 23 Iss. 4 (2018) p. 12 - 15 ISSN: 1084-4902
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