The researchers then used a statistical technique to group those ratings into general categories.The categories, and the average ratings of the participants for each category, are summarized in the table below.So someone might primarily have joined Tinder because it seemed like the cool thing to do, but they 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.The most common motives for using Tinder were because it's exciting and because it's trendy.Another common motive that wasn't cited in the Le Febvre study was self-worth validation.And in fact, 37% reported that a Tinder date led to an exclusive dating relationship. Well, these participants did do plenty of hooking up.Of those who met a Tinder match in person, only 21.8% indicated that they had never hooked up.
Thus, users can quickly view hundreds of local singles and decide with a quick swipe of their finger if they’re interested or not.
This rate is much lower, but other data from this study indicates that these participants were overall less active on the app than the participants in Le Febvre's study.
How do motives for using Tinder relate to people’s experiences?
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.