When will we accept the fact that you can meet someone on a dating app and have a long-term relationship? For some reason, even though it feels like the online dating stigma is disappearing, the myth of dating apps only being for hookups still exists. But new data shows that it's totally ridiculous.
The folks at SimpleTexting, an SMS Marketing service, looked into dating app habits to find out what people are looking for on dating apps— and how successful they are. They shared the data exclusively with Bustle to give an idea of how common long-term relationships from dating apps actually are in the real world. And— spoiler alert! — they're probably more common than you might think. Their data from 500 dating app users, ages 18- 65, showed that a lot of serious relationships are coming from swiping.
It doesn't surprise me at all. I went to a wedding last year where the couple met on Tinder, I'm going to one this year where the couple met on OkCupid. Hell, I met my girlfriend on Tinder and we've been together over a year and a half now. It may not be the way that people our age dreamed of meeting someone when we were kids, but now virtually everyone I know is on dating apps — and that's totally great! Sure, dating apps aren't perfect, but they do give you the opportunity to be exposed to a bigger pool of people.
"Dating apps have the portability factor, so you can use them while you’re on the bus or waiting for an appointment,” New York–based relationship expert and author April Masini tells Bustle. “Because they’re so easy to use on phones, you can take them with you and use them all over the place. Your life can be a lot more flexible with these portable apps. They can be big-time savers and success builders in dating.”
Still not convinced? Well, I'll let the numbers do the talking. Here's what SimpleTexting found: