Social dating app, Tinder, is an avenue famous for individuals looking for less-serious relationship, and at times only for sex. Two studies, however, disproved that belief, saying that Tinder may help an individual find a committed relationship better as compared to offline dating.
Couple Nasey and John Napolitano were once Tinder users and it was where they started their relationship two years ago. Nasey's first and only Tinder date eventually became the father of her daughter, and the pair live happily in the home they both bought six months ago.
Tinder's sociologist Jessica Carbino told New York Times that the Napolitanos' case is no fairytale story in the dating app. Nasey and John are among the growing number of people who found serious partners in Tinder, and the sociologist confirmed that more people are finding one through online dating.
According to the report, Tinder recently conducted two surveys to find out if users are into finding serious relationship using the app. Based on the results of each survey, Tinder users may be more into committed relationship and are more likely to say "I love you" within the first year of dating.
Also, only nine percent of the Tinder users said that it is "challenging to commit" to a relationship. Contrast that to 30 percent of offline dating men who said that committing is a challenge.
Over 7,000 Tinder users participated in the online survey and 2,500 individuals, meanwhile, joined the offline survey. Respondents' age ranged from 18 to 36 years old.
The sociologist attributed the findings to Tinder's ability to provide a realistic view of who are also looking for relationships. "When you are dating online, you actually have a very clear idea of what the marketplace is like," Ms. Carbino said. "You are able to have a visual idea of the pool in front of you, whereas the people who aren't dating online are simply speculating as to what the pool may be like."
Relationship expert Samantha Burns said that online dating also comes with other benefits, aside from possibly finding a serious relationship. The expert told Refinery29 that it can help people with anxiety since it can be a "safe space" where conversation and interaction can be held at their own pace.
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