When it comes to why singles use Tinder, there are a lot of different reasons. Some people are looking for love, some people are looking for hookup, and some people are just looking. And the way people assume dating apps are being used doesn't always match reality. "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." And, while the concerns continue, studies consistently show that they are largely unfounded.
In fact, in honor of Pride Month, Tinder studied over 12,000 Tinder users aged 18-35, to get an idea of how Millennial queer folks use the app. They compared their use to straight users, as well as judging it on its own merit, to get a feel for how members of the queer community feel about Tinder. And, while you may think it was all about hooking up, there was a lot of love. I may be biased, because I found my girlfriend on Tinder, but it seems I'm not alone.
Here's what the research found about how LGBTQ Millennials use Tinder: