“Meet anyone on Tinder yet?”
It was an innocent enough question, but I stared down my friend regardless. He backed down a bit but didn’t let it go. He’s been on numerous dates with his fair share of hookups. Meanwhile, I’ve been on Tinder for months now with no horror or success story to brag about (although I have a picture of a man in a cow suit). It’s not like I can’t find a match. I actually talked with a lot of people and I’ve had a decent amount Super Likes on the popular dating app.
So, why am I still so tragically single?
Honestly, I just use Tinder as a confidence boost. There’s a certain rush when you’re not actively looking for a date but you look appealing to someone else. Before you start judging me, you’re going to have to judge all of the other Tinder users that do the same exact thing. LendEdu, a consumer finance comparison site, asked more than 3,800 millennials aged 18-22 if they used Tinder. 72% of them said they used the app, but their reasons why might surprise you.
22% of those Tinder users answered that they are “looking for a hookup” and 29% percent said they use the location-based app for other reasons, which likely include friendship and curiosity. And only 4% said they were “looking for a relationship.
However, even for those that use Tinder for the right reasons, only 29.2% of users say that they’ve met up with someone on the app. These numbers don’t bode well for Tinder at all; especially if you compare them to online dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony. Recent studies show that about 66% of online dating site members have met their match.
And what stands at the very top? According to the study, more than 44% said they also used Tinder for “confidence-boosting procrastination.” See? I’m not the only one. Granted, I know how frustrating it can be to get “friend-zoned” on a dating app. But hey, when you’re having a bad day or you’re stuck as the third wheel, Tinder matches can boost your mood in a pinch.
If you’re one of the millions of people that use Tinder, why do you use it?