Do college kids use online dating sites
The news of Tinder U comes after Facebook recently announced it was testing out its new dating portal.
“We believe it is critical that Tinder maintains a strong foothold at universities around the globe, especially given that every 18-year-old who starts college is building a social life from scratch making new friends and starting new relationships,” Match Group CEO, the company that owns Tinder, Mandy Ginsberg recently said.
More than half of college students in a recent survey said they were using Tinder and other dating apps (but mostly Tinder) to find friends, not hookups. “That seems a little bit of a stretch,” said Aditi Paul, a Ph. candidate at Michigan State University whose research has found online daters tend to break up faster and more often and are less likely to end up married than their off-line counterparts.
Only 20 percent of the 200 students surveyed by campus jobs start-up Way Up said they used the app for casual sex, and less than a third said they were looking for a significant other. At least a few people are indeed looking for friends on Tinder, Paul said, which she knows because she’s met some of them, but they weren’t college students.
“That fact alone is interesting.” “When I interviewed [students], I asked them to dream up how they would [prefer to] get together in a romantic, sexual relationship,” Bogle said, and they had a hard time answering.
“They were having trouble visualizing any alternative to the party-centered hookup culture that exists ….
“Not many people want to admit they’re on Tinder, but somehow they have millions of subscribers.” But wouldn’t those same characteristics -- people your age with similar interests, ages and attributes -- make college campuses just as accommodating for seekers of romance?
“Although many students are in romantic relationships, they treat that outcome like an accident, not something they searched for and found,” she said.
“It does makes sense for someone to want to use Tinder” that way, he said.
“It’s easier than going out to a party, especially if you’re someone who doesn't like partying that much or just wants to study …
That is part of the reason the vague concept of hooking up has flourished on college campuses,” she said.
“A hookup can be a one-night stand or the beginning of seeing each other or the start of a committed romantic relationship.
Still, “I don’t know that I believe that people are just trying to make friends via Tinder and have no other intentions beyond that …