Here to dispel some of the horrible things we hear about dating apps and online dating, Tinder’s Modern Dating Myths Survey has arrived. The study took place in February this year and it was huge. They surveyed over 9,000 U.S. and adults, ages 18 -36, consisting of Tinder users and folks who have never online dated — and have no plan to. So, it's a big look at all things Tinder versusoffline dating.
And while the myth goes that Tinder is filled to the brim with people just looking for hookups (although, there's nothing wrong with casual sex), that doesn't totally seem to be the case. And neither are the complaints that online dating just means a bunch of ghosts, breadcrumbers, zombies, and whatever new fad will rise its ugly head next.
"There have been fears and concerns around the effects of technology on behavior and social values since the introduction of paper, literally!" Tinder Sociologist, Dr. Jess Carbino, tells Bustle. "Most concerns are related to the concept that technology may disrupt daily routines — like romance — and the way of life and understanding the world. The myths that we debunked regarding online dating are similar in the way that people are initially hesitant about adopting this newer idea of finding love."
In fact, when it comes to things like wanting love, long-term relationships, and even just caring about fidelity, you'd be surprised to see just how the Tinder users fared. And how the non-Tinder users responded was pretty unexpected too — though, in all fairness it's unclear as to whether this pool of Millennials is currently single and looking to meet people.
So what did Tinder find? Well, it's a total treasure trove of information showing that maybe technology hasn't totally ruined romance in all the ways we've been hearing about. Here were the most interesting findings, because Tinder users seem to be serious about dating, but damn, everyone needs to be having safer sex: