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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.Participants in the Dutch study seemed to be less successful on Tinder.Slightly fewer than half of the participants (45.5 percent) had gone on an offline date with a match, and 18.6 percent reported having had a one-night stand.When it came to people’s perceptions, not surprisingly, they were true to stereotype.51.5 percent said they believed Tinder was designed for hooking up, 33.5 percent said dating, and 15 percent meeting people.Another 12.6 percent said they had hooked up but it didn’t involve sexual intercourse and another 65.6 percent said their hookups did involve sexual contact.In addition, the average number of hookups reported by the participants was just above three.
Le Febvre's qualitative data couldn't really address this question, but Sumter and colleagues were able to examine the association between Tinder use motives and participants' likelihood of going on a Tinder date or having a Tinder hookup.
Someone might primarily have joined Tinder because it seemed like the cool thing to do, but that person might also have a desire to meet a potential romantic partner or hookup.
In another recent study, by Sindy Sumter and colleagues, a sample of 163 Dutch Tinder users rated the extent to which various motives described their reasons for using Tinder.
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.