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The researchers then coded participants' responses into categories.
So what was the most commonly cited reason for using Tinder?
Since its launch in 2012, the dating app, Tinder, has received quite a bit of publicity.
It's one of the most popular lifestyle apps with over 10 million daily active users.
Both studies showed that the trendiness and excitement of the app were larger drivers of its use than motivations that relate to what most users believe to be its purpose (dating, sex).
It can also help to fulfill our needs for self-worth. On the other hand, not receiving matches could damage self-worth, and in fact, Le Febvre found that lack of success on Tinder, including not receiving matches, was one of the main reasons users quit the app. In Le Febvre's qualitative study, 77 percent of the respondents indicated that they had met a match in person at some point, with the average participant reporting 4.58 offline meetings with matches.
It's popular: 48.3 percent of the respondents indicated that the main reason they used Tinder revolved around its popularity—the media hype or the fact that many of their peers were using it.
Only about 5 percent of those surveyed indicated that the desire for hookups was their main motivation for joining the site. The participants were also asked what was the purpose of Tinder.
At the peak of the Tinder hype, an article in The study mostly involved open-ended questions regarding users' motivations for and experiences using the app.
While this open-ended data is valuable, it doesn't provide the whole story on why people use Tinder.
Participants in Le Febvre's study were asked what their motivations for their behaviors.
As can be seen in the table, using the app for casual sex and hookups was actually less common than these other motives.
Not surprisingly, both studies also suggested that men are more likely than women to use Tinder for the purpose of seeking out casual sex.