premieres on HBO September 10, 2018 at 10 p.m.

Nancy Jo Sales is the director of SWIPED, a documentary film investigating the online dating industry’s impact on gender issues, examining how it has changed the way people date and mate and think about the apps on their phones, and exploring how the act of swiping affects the ability to find true and lasting connections. At the heart of the film are six young people of diverse backgrounds, ages 18 to 29, in four cities across America (Austin, New York City, Santa Cruz, and Plainfield, Illinois) as they search for love and sex through online dating. The film follows them as they talk about their experiences, opening up about their expectations and insecurities in the world of digital dating. SWIPED also features interviews with experts, academics, and the heads of some of the leading dating apps, including Tinder, Bumble and Hinge.


“The first thing that jumps out about “Swiped” is how gifted an interviewer Sales is. Much of the doc revolves around interviews with 18 to 25-year-olds who talk about their experiences using various dating apps. Sales said she wanted broad representation of diverse voices and she certainly succeeds. The interviews veer from sweet to sad to mildly sociopathic — but their defining quality is candor, which is a testament to Sales’ technique.” — Business Insider

“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.” — CNN

“’Swiped’ is a very good film with a very simple message: the technology may have changed and convoluted things, but the learning curve of romance is about the same: it’s complicated.” — Book and Film Globe

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NPR’s All Things Considered
A Documentary Swipes Left On Dating Apps
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Recode Podcast with Kara Swisher
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Washington Post
How tough is the dating-app scene? HBO’s documentary ‘Swiped’ paints a bleak portrait.
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Vanity Fair
Swiped: In Her Documentary, Nancy Jo Sales Argues for Manners in the Age of Tinder
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New HBO Documentary Explores Hooking Up In The Age of Online Dating
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The New York Post
How tech bros ruined dating for young people
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Austin American-Statesman
A frank view of Austin dating in HBO documentary ‘Swiped’
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