If you've shunned the trendy Tinder app so far due to its dubious reputation, then you should put your worries aside. A recent study published in Personality and Individual Differences argues that Tinder is of little help in finding casual encounters. The gizmodo portal has published an overview of the recent discovery.
Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied social media activity and sexual behavior of over 600 students. They found that most people on apps like Tinder are interested in short-term sexual intercourse, but in reality they don't get what they want.
Of the 641 students aged 19-29 who participated in the survey, about half admitted to having ever used mobile dating apps. Twenty percent said they were active users. The study authors describe people using apps like Tinder and Bumble as having higher levels of "sociosexual orientation."
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The study found that an equal number of men and women show a sociosexual orientation, and these people tend to be more active on Tinder and similar apps. Sounds good: find yourself a mate and a secluded spot. Unfortunately, those who swipe between photos in search of a partner can be counted on one hand.
“Users of dating apps have no more casual connections than non-users with the same romantic preferences.
Mons Bendixen is an associate professor of psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
According to the researchers, Tinder has essentially become a virtual alternative to trying to snag a stranger in a bar. A lot of people are trying, the situation has changed slightly, but the result is not. Instead of a rude rejection at a bar, you get a mild rejection in the comfort of your own home. Well, isn't technology great?
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The researchers also figured out exactly how men and women use dating apps. They found that women tend to spend more time doing this and consider options more carefully. Men, on the other hand, use a "more effective" approach, making decisions quickly. Researchers also found that both women and men can use Tinder solely for entertainment, or as a distraction. The app has become something of a time-wasting mobile game with nothing else to do.