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Trends in online dating revealed in new survey

Trends in online dating revealed in new survey

Paid surveys and other online polls are great for understanding what people like and don't like. For example, surveys can be used to shine light on the way people shop, as well as uncover people's favorite movie sequels of all time. Surveys is even helpful for gaining insight into people's love lives too.

A new student survey conducted by Biola University has provided interesting information on the latest sentiments toward online dating. While it concluded that Tinder is still the king of dating apps, students' feelings toward online dating in general may surprise you.

Tinder by a landslide
Among the Biola students using an online dating website or mobile app, 42 percent stated that they use Tinder. The mobile app is free to use and makes meeting potential significant others casual and easy.

Okcupid, meanwhile, was the next-most popular platform, according to the survey, but is used by just 14.2 percent of students using online dating. Okcupid's founders, Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan and Max Krohn previously invented Sparknotes before moving on to Okcupid, and evidently their newest project just isn't as popular with college students.

According to the Biola University survey, a whopping 51 percent of students engaging in online dating claimed to do so out of boredom, while just 27 percent stated they were looking for a true relationship. Another 9 percent reported they were promoting a business, and 11 percent of respondents use online dating to make more casual encounters.  

These findings shouldn't be especially surprising however; in a study conducted by research firm GlobeWebIndex, it was revealed a big proportion of Tinder users might not even be single.

In an online survey of 47,000 internet users conducted in early 2015, almost a third of all Tinder users reported they were married, while another 12 percent were reportedly in a relationship. According to the survey, just 54 percent of Tinder users identified themselves as single. 

Given that Biola students were skeptical of the entire online dating scene, perhaps young people are already aware of how flaky users on Tinder and other platforms can be.

True love?
In the survey conducted by Biola University, 62 percent of students reportedly stay away from online dating all together. About a third of students abstaining from online dating reported being in a relationship, but for the remaining students, their rationale is intriguing.

One in five respondents to the survey stated that they didn't believe online dating platforms like Tinder or Okcupid work. Another 14.8 percent were even less swayed by online dating, going as far as to say using websites like Tinder to find a significant other is unethical. 

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