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It's popular: 48.3% of the respondents indicated that the main reason they used Tinder revolved around its popularity — the media hype or the fact that many of their peers were using it.Only about 5% of those surveyed indicated that the desire for hookups was their main motivation for joining the site. The participants were also asked what they thought the purpose Tinder was.

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You might also be wondering how Tinder users' motives for using the app relate to their actual use of the app.

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.

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 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.

When it came to people’s perceptions, not surprisingly, they were true to stereotype.

51.5% said they believed Tinder was designed for hooking up, 33.5% said dating, and 15% meeting people.

Both studies showed that the trendiness and excitement of the app were larger drivers of its use than motivations that relate to what most users believe to be its purpose (dating/sex).

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