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Is modern romance dead or are my Tinder pictures just poorly angled?

Let’s say I am laying in my bed in unlaundered sweatpants as I watch “Titanic,” or “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” an updated version of the forbidden love story archetype. As I inattentively watch these idealized romances play out on my laptop, I rapidly drag my finger right on my phone screen, affirming my attraction to a promising mirror selfie of a decent-looking Stanford student without a creepy or arrogant bio. In this *hypothetical* scene, something feels a bit wrong about my desire for instant gratification and my yearning for a scenario similar to that of the people slowly falling in love on the dusty laptop screen in front of me.

Inside the Stanford Marriage Pact

What the fuck did we just do? Sophia Sterling-Angus ’19 remembered thinking to herself, staring at the numbers on her laptop screen last fall. 13 hours prior, she and Liam McGregor ’20 sent a survey called “The Stanford Marriage Pact” to around ten Stanford email lists and group chats. Around a hundred questions poked shamelessly at students’ intimate values, ranging from “How kinky do you like your sex?” to “Are you comfortable with your child being gay?”