But the jury is still out on whether online channels are making dating better, the same, or worse.
Dating apps and sites, especially picture-based ones like Tinder, may be placing too much emphasis on superficial things such as appearance that have little to do with the ability to maintain a relationship.
Nonetheless, the study does provide further evidence that dating apps and websites may not be providing what many people think that they are providing. Apps and websites are transforming many other everyday activities.
For example, now you can order 5,000 rolls of toilet paper without worrying about how to squeeze them in your shopping cart or others judging you.
The study did find that Tinder tended to be first and foremost a diversion for both men and women, something to use when they were bored and had nothing else to do.
Moreover, in a finding that may shock many men in the dating world, women were more likely to use the apps to simply confirm that they are attractive rather than actually trying to find a partner, short or long-term.
Other studies, such as one from Jessica Strübel, Ph D, and Trent Petrie, Ph D, at the University of North Texas that was published in the journal , have suggested that dating apps and websites can actually erode self-esteem.
Who thought that having strangers judge you simply based on your photos could affect your self-esteem?
In a press release, Bendixen explained, Meanwhile, men are more likely to use Tinder and similar apps to find either short-term (in some cases short term may mean minutes) or longer-term partners.Apparently, there is also an app that claims to help you find instant and anonymous casual sex partners.If Uber had a baby with Snapchat, Pure is a hookup app that has one simple premise, and that is to deliver dates on demand.For the study, a research team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Ernst Olav Botnen, Mons Bendixen, Trond Viggo Grøntvedt, and Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair) surveyed 641 students (ages 19 to 29) on their use of Tinder, their "sociosexual orientation," and their number of casual partners.Less restricted in sociosexuality is a scientific way of saying "more willing to engage in sexual activity outside of a committed relationship" or "more open to hook-ups" or "ring? " Next time your significant other accuses you of cheating, try saying that you were "not cheating but rather experienced a momentary relaxation of your sociosexuality." The study also showed that willing doesn't necessarily mean more able.
While some apps deliver exactly what you ask for like a picture of a cat, the picture-based dating app users did not tend to have more casual sex partners than those who didn't use the apps.