Tinder might have a bad rep for being the “hook-up app,” but the results from their latest Modern Dating Myths survey show that Tinder users are more likely to actually go on dates (duh) and lock down a committed relationship than offline-only daters. More surprising, they’re also having safer sex. (See also: Fit-couple Tinder success stories that’ll make you believe in modern love.)
You may think of using a dating app as a riskier way to meet people—and hookups—but Tinder users are actually having safer sex than the rest of the dating population.
Thes survey shows that 70 percent of online daters report safe sex practices most of the time or always vs. just 63 percent of offline daters. (ICYMI here’s what safe sex really means. Because, yes, you might be doing it wrong.) And even if people are using Tinder just to hook up, at least they’re acting like adults about it: 67 percent of Tinder users *always* use condoms when having sex with a new partner for the first time, versus only 58 percent of offline daters.
Speaking of adults, Millennials are actually schooling the older users in how to have safe hookups: younger Tinder users (18 to 25 years old) are more likely to use protection than both their offline and older Tinder counterparts (over 25). (So, uh, why are we in the midst of an STD epidemic?)
Ever open your Tinder to an inbox full of dick pics you didn’t ask for? The Tinder survey found that among both online and offline daters, about 50 percent of both men and women have received unsolicited nude photos from potential baes. ~Eggplants and peach emojis all around.~
All those matches are bound to equal at least one good relationship run, right? Yes, indeed. The survey found that 51 percent of people between ages 18 and 35 who have never online dated—and have no intention of online dating—report having had no more than one committed relationship over their adult life. Meanwhile, only 26 percent of online daters can say the same.
If you’ve ever been strung along in the “what are we?” convo purgatory for agesssss, you know it’s a very particular form of emotional torture. Luckily, Tinder users aren’t about that life: 13 percent of offline-only daters report waiting a year or more before committing to an exclusive relationship, versus just four percent of people who have online dated. (Ready to start swiping? Follow the athletic girl’s guide to making the perfect online dating profile.)
The endless array of humans online might seem like the perfect set-up for a commitmentphobe. Actually, only nine percent of men who are dating on Tinder say that it’s challenging to maintain a committed relationship with one person due to a wandering eye, versus 30 percent of men who aren’t dating online. And when it comes to acting on that? The stats agree: offline male daters are 11 percent less likely than their Tinder dating male counterparts to claim that fidelity is important in a relationship.
Surprised? We thought so. Now get right-swiping, and schedule those dates; you’re about the crush the dating scene the same way you crushed that AM workout. (One last pro tip: meditate before that first date so it’s guaranteed to go well.)