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Study finds 50% of Tinder users have only ever been on one face-to-face date

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder claims to have made 30 billion matches to date, but many of those connections did not go beyond the digital world. A new analysis found that many users do not meet their potential mate in-person and the chances of finding someone interested in a long-term relationship are very slim. Researchers discovered that users need a very large number of matches in order to have just a few meetups - as only 50 percent of users met one match face-to-face. Tinder is a location-based mobile dating service app that presents users with pictures, name, age and other information of potential mates. Users swipe either left (not interested) or right (interested) on the screen, and provided both users swipe right they are matched and can begin messaging.

Many women use dating apps to confirm their attractiveness

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Many women use dating apps like Tinder and Bumble to confirm their attractiveness rather than find a partner. New research into our swiping habits habits has found that men swipe with an eye for casual sex while girls prefer to use dating apps for an ego boost. This is because women get a kick out of being perceived as a potential partner by other users, scientists said. 'Women use dating apps to feel better about themselves more than men do,' said study coauthor Dr Mons Bendixen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Lead author Ernst Olav Botnen added: 'Men tend to report a desire for casual sex and short-term relationships as a reason for using dating apps.

Dating app users swipe left or right 'based on attractiveness and race'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

US researchers found attractiveness and race preferences were the top predictors of whether people would swipe left or right – and nearly twice as important as any other factors. Other individual characteristics – such as personality and hobbies – were poor predictors of which way someone would swipe. On dating apps, a swipe left means you're not interested in the person, while a swipe right means you are interested. The average time for swiping right was just below one second. However, if a swiper didn't like someone, this time got even shorter to about half a second.

Singletons who use dating apps to have sex are more likely to have an STI and not use protection

Daily Mail - Science & tech

People using dating apps to'hook up' are more likely to have a sexually transmitted infection and not use protection than those who meet in other ways, a study finds. The increasing popularity of dating apps means that finding a new sexual partner is as easy as a few swipes on a screen – but researchers found this comes with risks. A team from the Public Health Agency of Sweden surveyed more than 14,500 men and women aged 16 to 84 about the sexual behaviour, online dating and health. They didn't ask which apps or services people used, but found those turning to digital dating tools were more likely to have an STI and less likely to use a condom. People using dating apps to'hook up' are more likely to have a sexually transmitted infection and not use protection than those who meet in other ways, study finds.