Tinder CEO Sean Rad Says 80 Percent Of Users Are Looking For A Long-Term Relationship — Not Casual Sex
Since its inception, Tinder has been nicknamed "the hookup" app, but what do you use Tinder for? Because certainly not everyone is using Tinder for casual sex — some people use Tinder to find love. And now, Tinder CEO Sean Rad says those people are actually the majority of users. According to The Guardian, Rad told the Web Summit conference that the company did a survey of over 300,000 users and found that over 80 percent of Tinder users are using the dating app to find a long-term relationship.
As for the other 20 percent? According to Rad, they're there for "things more short-term: either friendships or … dare I say hook-ups. Very brief friendships!"
Very brief friendships. Have you ever heard of a better euphemism for a one-night stand? I love it.
It's not the first time Tinder has spoken out against its hookup reputation— remember the Tinder twitter meltdown after that Vanity Fair article? And I kind of get it. Although there's a bit of protesting in how much they emphasize Tinder leading to marriages and babies, there's also a lot of truth. I know a lot of long-term relationships that have come out of Tinder, and I know way more people that are on it looking for relationships, or at least dating, than are on there for hookups. Plus, he said they are going to update their matching algorithms, so there may be an even better Tinder in the future if you're looking for something serious.
And maybe that is what we want— at least some us us. Here are daters talking about exactly what they're using Tinder for, and it's a bit of everything:
1. Kathryn, 27
2. Rachel, 33
3. Emma, 24
4. Zoe, 28
5. Sarah, 25
6. Sherry, 27
7. Lucy, 27
8. Kelsea, 28
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