FOR WHOM THE TINDER TOLLS – It’s not as bad as you all think, and I know I’ve played my part in sullying its reputation (albeit not for a while now):
Photograph-based dating apps like Tinder are wildly popular among single adults, particularly in major cities, despite their reputations as avenues for casual sex and hookups. But a new study finds that people who use the apps don’t actually tend to have a greater number of sexual partners than non-users who are just as open to short-term relationships.
Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology sought to delve deeper into the reasons behind why people use dating apps and how their sex lives changed since using them. They found that, not surprisingly, users (especially men) tend to be more open to short-term, casual sexual relationships, but that women who regularly logged on were more likely to simply be seeking confirmation that others find them attractive.
Cut grass is always greener on the other side. People in relationships tend to have rather unrealistic perceptions of (i.e. they vastly over-estimate) how much action the singles are getting. Just because a lot of people (mostly guys) might be actively looking for it or at least be open to it, it does not mean that it actually happens all that much. After all, it takes two to tango horizontally. Most people on Tinder find friends, dates or love, but that makes for a pretty boring story. After all, who wants to read about “Girls Gone Mild”?