The idea that Tinder users are mostly looking for casual sex is a popular belief, but it also happens to be a total myth.
This week, the online dating giant released findings from a survey which compared the app's users to those who prefer to date offline. According to The New York Times, the Modern Dating Myths study analysed data from over 9,000 men and women, aged 18-36, and the results debunked a number of theories about the Tinder community, particularly when it comes to commitment.
The survey found that only 9% of men on Tinder said maintaining a committed relationship is difficult, compared to 30% of offline daters. And this was similar amongst women, too. Only 9% of female Tinder users aged 18 to 24 said it was difficult to hold down a relationship, compared to 18% who date offline.
To highlight how online dating hasn't killed commitment all together, 74% of Tinder daters reported that they have had more than one committed relationship as an adult, in comparison to 49% of offline daters.
It also turns out that Tinder users are more than happy to express how they feel. The survey showed they are more likely to say 'I love you' in both the first three months and the first year of dating. And only 4% of online daters will wait more than a year to become exclusive.
Best of all, those using a dating app will be able to find plenty of other people who are looking to date. Tinder found that 63% of online daters report going on 1-2 dates per week, while offline daters reported in a rate of 52%.
So, encouraged to start online dating? Go for it, but avoid making this mistake.