In second place is Match, followed by Ok Cupid, and then Tinder.
Over a third of surveyed college students are primarily using dating apps to meet people in a somewhat romantic sense — be it for casual dating, love, or hookups.
Ok Cupid and Match, both of which are mobile adaptations of older desktop online dating programs, were used by 8.6% and 6.4% of respondents, respectively.Grindr’s more specialized audience — the app is meant primarily for gay and bisexual men — probably explains why only 4.3% of respondents said they used it.Is it pursuit of love that’s pushing these college students to download and start swiping? Most typically, it’s escaping boredom, not pursuing love, that’s behind all of the internet action.For 34.1% of surveyed female college students, entertainment is the #1 motivating force to use dating apps.More people of every gender are using the apps to pursue casual dating than to find hookups, which have nearly become synonymous with apps like Tinder.
Although it’s by far the most commonly used dating app, nearly 50% of Tinder’s surveyed users cite curing boredom and getting an ego boost as their main intention.Users of Grindr — another app highly linked to hookup culture — rated love as their #2 reason, less than a percentage point ahead of hookups.Are you inspired by these students’ commitment to true love and romance?More than a quarter of all dating app users — 35.5% of women and 14.1% of men — have experienced harassment.Nearly 60% of those who identified as neither female nor male also reported harassment, though these respondents comprise just 1% of our sample.Well, also consider that 15.5% of women, 9.6% of men, and 7.4% of other genders use the apps purely for an ego boost. A significant number (10.2% of women, 9.6% of men, and 11.1% of others) are also primarily using the apps to find friends, though exactly what type of “friend” they’re looking for isn’t specified.