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Tinder Users: Sociodemographic, Psychological, and Psychosexual Characteristics

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas, Universidad de Zaragoza, Calle Atarazanas 4, 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8047; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218047
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 26 October 2020 / Accepted: 29 October 2020 / Published: 31 October 2020
Tinder is the most popular and most used dating app in the world today. Due to the recent popularization of the phenomenon of dating apps, there are still some gaps in the literature. Therefore, this study had a threefold objective: (1) to determine the prevalence and characteristics of Tinder users and Tinder use among young university students; (2) to know why these young people use Tinder; and (3) to analyze the relationship between Tinder use and different psychosocial correlates (positive and negative affect, body satisfaction, sociosexuality, and attitudes towards consensual nonmonogamy) and psychosexual well-being (self-esteem as a sexual partner, satisfaction with sex life, and preoccupation with sex). Participants were 1261 Spanish university students (77.4% women, 77.5% heterosexuals) between ages 18 and 26 (M = 20.59, SD = 2.04) who completed a battery of online questionnaires. A prevalence of Tinder use of about 15% was found. The motives for use most frequently reported by the participants were those of curiosity, passing time/entertainment, and sexual orientation. Besides, Tinder users showed greater sociosexuality than nonusers, as well as increased dissatisfaction with their sex life and sexual preoccupation, and more positive attitudes towards consensual nonmonogamy. Importantly, no or very small differences were found in the general emotional well-being-related variables. Tinder seems like just another tool used by young people for their romantic and/or sexual interactions, without any negative connotation. View Full-Text
Keywords: dating apps; Tinder; Tinder motives scale; psychosexual variables; university students dating apps; Tinder; Tinder motives scale; psychosexual variables; university students
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Barrada, J.R.; Castro, Á. Tinder Users: Sociodemographic, Psychological, and Psychosexual Characteristics. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8047. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218047

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Barrada JR, Castro Á. Tinder Users: Sociodemographic, Psychological, and Psychosexual Characteristics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8047. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218047

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Barrada, Juan R., and Ángel Castro. 2020. "Tinder Users: Sociodemographic, Psychological, and Psychosexual Characteristics" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8047. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218047

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