If you use dating apps to meet people, chances are you've used Bumble and Tinder. When it comes to why people use Bumble versus Tinder, LendEDU has the answer. They polled 1,319 Millennials over nine months via the polling company Whatsgoodly. When they asked, "Is there a difference in what you use Tinder or Bumble for?" they discovered that Bumble users are looking for dates whereas Tinder users are looking for hookups. Perhaps this news does not surprise you. Or maybe it does — you met your boyfriend or girlfriend on Tinder or know someone who did. I met a couple past boyfriends via the app, and my last one on Bumble. So you never know.
However, LendEDU recently did another Tinder study where they polled 9,761 college students — over four times the number as the above-referenced study — and found that 44 percent of them say they use Tinder for "confidence-boosting procrastination." And only ~22 percent~ of the students said they're "looking for a hookup."
Of course, no matter which dating app you use, it all boils down to your dating intention. Maybe you want a hookup, so you try to find other people who want one, too. Or maybe you're in more of a "seeking a relationship" kind of mood, so you try to find matches who have the same dating goal. Usually, someone's profile can help clue you in.
"The partner who knows what they want is the partner who'll get what they want," Susan Winter, relationship expert and bestselling author of Allowing Magnificence, tells Bustle. Far too often, we enter dating without stating our true desires. We wrongly assume that will reap greater results. Yes, it will open your profile to more interest — but not to the type of person you want to date. Without your end-goal clearly stated, your prospective partners will have a greater opportunity to push their agenda. Don't be afraid to say what you want upfront. Our 'why's — i.e., 'I want to date and have fun,' 'I'm looking for a committed relationship,' or 'Looking to marry and start a family' — need to be in sync with those we date. It saves time, energy, and a battle of wills."
I could not have said that better myself. All of the above said, LendEDU discovered a few more Bumble versus Tinder insights in their recent study:
1. Tinder Versus Bumble: Hookups Versus Dating
In LendEDU's analysis, they found that 40.1 percent of respondents said, "Tinder is for hookups, and Bumble is for dating." "In direct comparison, proportionally seven times the number of Bumble users view Bumble as a dating app vs. Tinder as a dating app," Mike Brown, Research Analyst at LendEDU, tells Bustle. W-o-w, huh?
Though I'm sure you hear about Tinder being a hookup app as much as I hear it, even though the company states that is not its intention. So I wonder if the respondents ~think~ it is a hookup app or if they truly use it for that purpose?
2. Tinder Versus Bumble: Dating Versus Hookups
Not surprisingly then, 5.7 percent of respondents said, "Bumble is for hookups, and Tinder is for dating."
3. Tinder Versus Bumble: Are They Different?
When asked for the difference between Tinder and Bumble and what daters are on the apps for, 54 percent of respondents said, "There is no difference."
Again, I think it all boils down to what ~you~ want, not what the majority of people want or think people want — a hookup versus relationship or vice-versa. The more specific you are in your dating app bio and pictures, since they can convey a lot, too, the more you're likely to attract the person you want. Try it — you'll see.