Survey questions on dating
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.
Those who identify as neither men nor women lead the pack, with 11.1% chasing nudes above all else. Coffee Meets Bagel has the highest percentage of users (11.2%) citing salacious snaps as their primary reason.In fact, Bumble beat out Tinder in users primarily looking for hookups, 9.6% to 9%. In a more heartwarming turn, more people overall are using the apps to find love (11.5%) than to find hookups (8.8%).(Among men, however, hookups are still the third-most popular reason for using the apps, with 14.8% choosing them as their primary reason.) For the romantics seeking love via phone screen, Match, one of the oldest in the game, is still the top stop, though Ok Cupid and Coffee Meets Bagel users also rated love as their primary goal.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.In dead last for main reasons to use dating apps are the oft-DM’d pics known as “nudes,” with only 8.7% of all survey respondents choosing it as their primary reason.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.
In 2013, just 10% of ages 18 to 24 reported using a dating app or site.
Just two years later, that number nearly tripled to 27%.
They’re all asking the same question: What do Millennials want from a dating app? As far as dating apps go, concerns might have been overstated: That’s almost four times as many as who indicated they used it for hookups, and more than twice as many who said they were looking for casual dating. The GPS-based app, which pioneered double-matching and “swiping left,” was the the most popular app by far, used by 84% of the college students we surveyed.
In attempt to answer these questions, we surveyed almost 4,000 current college students around the country. That’s about five times the percentage of the second-most popular app, female-friendly Bumble, which only allows women to initiate a conversation.
Interestingly, Hinge, which bills itself as “The Relationship App” and markets itself as a way out of “casual dating,” was the least-favored app on our list, with only 1.8% of respondents claiming it as their way of finding digital dates.