Report: Less Than Five Percent of Tinder Users are Looking For Relationship

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Less than five percent of users on the popular dating app Tinder are looking for a relationship, while nearly 45 percent use the app solely as a confidence booster, according to a new report.

The report is based on a survey of nearly 10,000 current college students who were asked why they use the platform.

The survey revealed that the biggest reason college students used Tinder was for confidence-boosting, with nearly 45 percent selecting this as their primary answer.

“Other reasons” came in at number two with just under 30 percent, followed by “looking for a hookup” at 22 percent, and “looking for a relationship” at 4 percent.

In a poll of nearly 4,000 college students, LendEDU also discovered that just 29.2 percent of users had met up with someone from the app, while just over 70 percent had not.

“The results to this question can explain Tinder’s role in the online/mobile dating world. If people are seeking a serious relationship, then they are most likely not going to use Tinder,” claimed LendEDU. “Online sites like or OkCupid are more conducive to finding a long-term relationship because of the older demographics they attract.”

“Additionally, even though more people use Tinder to find a hookup over a serious relationship, most of the app’s users are not even genuine about that,” they continued. “Many people on Tinder are only looking to boost their confidence by racking up matches with no real intention of meeting that person.”

Tinder currently boasts 1.4 billion “swipes,” and over 26 million “matches” per day.

The company also claims that a total of over 10 billion matches have been made on the app, which is active in 196 countries.

In an email to Breitbart Tech, Tinder disputed the report, claiming their own study to show a different result.

“This study was limited to 9,761 college students,” said a Tinder spokesman to Breitbart Tech. “Our research — which is based on a representative study of approximately 50,000 users spanning many age groups and demographics — shows that 80% of Tinder users are seeking a meaningful relationship.”

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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