Tinder Survey Debunks Dating Myths And Unveils Millennial Dating Habits

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Dating Myths

No, it’s not just in your head: most of your friends are online dating.

In a recent survey, Tinder took a deep-dive into Millennial dating habits and compared the experiences of online daters and offline daters. They looked at key differentiators around fidelity, communication, perception and mindfulness, and debunked some of the most persistent modern dating myths out there.

For starters, dating services haven’t ruined dating, despite what critics say. In fact, people who date online are likely to have more committed relationships than those who do not date online. Only 9 percent of Tinder users reported finding it challenging to maintain a committed relationship. That’s significantly lower than the national average.

Another myth it’s time to ditch? That only the most attractive singles have success on dating apps. For Tinder users, age and education are the top two most important factors in choosing a mate. Appearance ranks third. That’s not so different from dating offline, as it turns out. Both singles who have online dated and offline daters hold education as an important factor when considering a potential date.

It’s not just about hookups, either. Tinder has been saddled with the reputation that its users are only out for sex - and aren’t doing it safely - since its earliest days, but the survey proves that too is a tall tale.

When it comes to protecting their mental and physical health, online daters are far safer than those who date offline. Nearly 70 percent of Tinder users always use condoms when having sex for the first time with a new partner. Only 58 percent of their offline dating counterparts report the same.

If online dating sounds like a dreary way to meet people, it may be time for an attitude adjustment. Forget the horror stories of ghosting and generic pickup lines. For the most part, online daters are friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know new people.

According to the survey, only 16 percent of singles who have never tried online dating report opening a conversation with an observation versus nearly 30 percent of those who have previously dated online. When initiating conversations, offline daters are nearly 10 percent more likely than Tinder users to initiate with a generic opening. Whether online or off, “Hey” isn’t the smoothest move.

The Modern Dating Myths survey is the largest of its kind, capturing responses from over 9,000 U.S. men and women, comparing and contrasting their dating-related habits on and offline.

"Over the past five years, dating apps like Tinder have played such a significant role in connecting people for the long term. While hesitation to use Tinder might stem from negative preconceived notions, we've actually proven that singles will find just as much, if not more, success using dating apps than dating solely offline," said Dr. Jess Carbino, Tinder Sociologist.