You might also be wondering how Tinder users' motives for using the app relate to their actual use of the app.
Le Febvre's qualitative data couldn't really address this question, but Sumter and colleagues were able to examine the association between Tinder use motives and participants' likelihood of going on a Tinder date or having a Tinder hookup.
The researchers then used a statistical technique to group those ratings into general categories.
The categories, and the average ratings of the participants for each category, are summarized in the table below.
They are then notified of any matches, where both people swiped right on each other's profiles.
Thus, users can quickly view hundreds of local singles and decide with a quick swipe of their finger if they’re interested or not.
And in fact, 37% reported that a Tinder date led to an exclusive dating relationship. Well, these participants did do plenty of hooking up.
Of those who met a Tinder match in person, only 21.8% indicated that they had never hooked up.
As can be seen in the table, using the app for casual sex and hookups was actually less common than these other motives.
Not surprisingly, both studies also suggested that men are more likely than women to use Tinder for the purpose of seeking out casual sex.
The researchers then coded participants' responses into categories.
So what was the most commonly cited reason for using Tinder?
Participants in the Dutch study seemed to be less successful on Tinder.