The most common motives for using Tinder were because it's exciting and because it's trendy.Another common motive that wasn't cited in the Le Febvre study was self-worth validation.Participants in the Dutch study seemed to be less successful on Tinder.Slightly fewer than half of the participants (45.5%) had gone on an offline date with a match, and 18.6% reported having had a one-night stand.Another 12.6% said they had hooked up but it didn’t involve sexual intercourse and another 65.6% said their hookups did involve sexual contact.In addition, the average number of hookups reported by the participants was just above 3.When it came to people’s perceptions, not surprisingly, they were true to stereotype.51.5% said they believed Tinder was designed for hooking up, 33.5% said dating, and 15% meeting people.
At the peak of the Tinder hype, an article in The study mostly involved open-ended questions regarding users' motivations for and experiences using the app.For the uninitiated, Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows users to locate other singles in their geographic area. They can then start viewing photos of other users who match their age, gender, and location criteria.Users swipe right if they like what they see and swipe left if they don’t.Both studies showed that the trendiness and excitement of the app were larger drivers of its use than motivations that relate to what most users believe to be its purpose (dating/sex).It can also help to fulfill our needs for self-worth. On the other hand, not receiving matches could damage self-worth, and in fact, Le Febvre found that lack of success on Tinder, including not receiving matches, was one of the main reasons users quit the app. In Le Febvre's qualitative study, 77% of the respondents indicated that they had met a match in person at some point, with the average participant reporting 4.58 offline meetings with matches.These studies show that using Tinder meets a variety of psychological needs, beyond the obvious ones relating to dating and sex.Tinder can also be used to fulfill more general social needs.Since its launch in 2012, the dating app, Tinder, has received quite a bit of publicity.It's one of the most popular lifestyle apps with over 10 million daily active users.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.