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On the famous dating platform, two-thirds of registrants would already be married or in a relationship. Most users would not even seek to find love in it, but simply to flatter their ego. Tinder remains the most downloaded dating app among 18-25 year olds.

Finding love on Tinder would therefore be a chimera. This is in any case what seems to indicate this study published on June 23 on the website of the publishing company Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., relayed by NBCNews and TF1Info. Because it reveals, indeed, that about 66% of people registered on the dating application are actually ... as a couple, or even married. To reach this conclusion, the researchers surveyed 1,387 users of the platform, aged 18 to 74, and asked them to comment on their level of satisfaction with the app and their motivations when they connect to it.


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The study also indicates that only a small half of users (50.3%) actually want to meet people signing up on Tinder. The other half did not even intend to go to the physical appointment. An observation that seems to share the management of the platform. "Overall, 40% of Tinder members say they are looking for a long-term relationship, compared to 13% looking for a short-term connection," a spokesperson for the app said, quoted by NBCNews.

Boost ego and self-confidence

According to the study, this other half of users, disinterested in the idea of meeting someone although registered on a platform... of dating, would use Tinder as a simple source of entertainment. Multiplying the "matches" (when two users "like" each other) would boost their ego and their self-confidence. Thus, "those who want real encounters have a lower probability of achieving it, because fewer users share this goal," says Germano Vera Cruz, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at the University of Amiens.


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Created in May 2012, Tinder allows you to "like" the profile of other users by dragging the profile picture of the person to the right. And thus to get in touch with said person, provided that he has also liked our profile. If the platform only gets a mediocre score of 2.39 out of 5 from its users, it remains the most downloaded dating application among 18-25 year olds. "Tinder has been downloaded more than 530 million times and has created more than 75 billion matches," said the spokesperson of the application. Tinder also allows, since the end of last year, to clearly indicate its intentions - serious relationships, adventure without tomorrow etc ... - when creating the profile.