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.

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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).

It can also help to fulfill our needs for self-worth. On the other hand, not receiving matches could damage self-worth, and in fact, Le Febvre found that lack of success on Tinder, including not receiving matches, was one of the main reasons users quit the app. In Le Febvre's qualitative study, 77% of the respondents indicated that they had met a match in person at some point, with the average participant reporting 4.58 offline meetings with matches.

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.

While this open-ended data is valuable, it doesn't provide the whole story on why people use Tinder.

Participants in Le Febvre's study were asked what their motivations for their behaviors.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.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 coded participants' responses into categories.