37 percent of men don’t think using dating apps while in a relationship is cheating, according to a new survey of over 3,500 college students by ABODO.
“Overall, most people didn’t admit to dating app use while in a relationship. But answers did vary by gender,” explained ABODO in their report. “While only 11.5% of women had used a dating app in a relationship, 16.4% of men had. Respondents who didn’t identify as male or female were far more likely to answer yes: 44% had used an app while in a relationship with someone else.”
“For most people, using an app while in a relationship isn’t exactly common behavior. But is it cheating? The majority of our respondents — 69.4% — said yes,” they continued. “Once again, though, things get murkier when you break down things by gender. Although 74.3% of women said using a dating app while in a relationship was definitely cheating, only 63.3% of men did. That number fell even further for non-binary respondents. Only a third of them would describe dating app use in a relationship as definitely cheating.”
“There seemed to be grey areas about how far an app user could go before crossing a line. For some people, just looking is OK: Almost 20% of men — and over 25% of non-binary users — said using a dating app was only cheating if you sent flirty messages, compared to 16.8% of women,” ABODO concluded. “Among men, 8.6% thought that using an app was only cheating if both parties met up in person, compared with 4.1% of women. For non-binary respondents, 14.8% said that messages were fine, but meet-ups were cheating.”
The ABODO survey also revealed Tinder to be the most popular dating app by a wide margin.
84.4 percent of students claimed to use Tinder as their primary choice, with only 8.6 percent of students using sites such as OKCupid, which tend to have a more mature user-base.
The survey also discovered that 34 percent used dating apps “primarily for entertainment,” with women more likely to use them for this purpose than men.
15.5 percent of women and 9.6 percent of men claimed to use dating apps primarily as an ego boost, while 9.1 percent of women and 7.9 percent of men used them primarily to receive nude pictures.
Remarkably, just 9.9 percent of Tinder users were looking for “love,” far behind the gay alternative to the app, Grindr, which had 19.3 percent of users looking for love. This echoes a survey we have previously reported on.
People who refused to identify as either male or female reported being “harassed” the most, with nearly 60 percent claiming to be so.