New survey reveals unexpected function of Tinder among millennials

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According to a new survey led by LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loan financing, a growing number of college students are using Tinder, a popular dating application, to boost their confidence.

The survey showed an unexpected finding. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of young Tinder users are not just looking for a quick hookup (only 22 percent of them said they use the app for this purpose).

The number one thing they are interested in is, surprisingly, increasing their self-esteem.

“Even though more people use Tinder to find a hookup over a serious relationship, most of the app’s users are not even genuine about that. Many people on Tinder are only looking to boost their confidence by racking up matches with no real intention of meeting that person,” according to LendEDU.

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There is also a difference between free dating apps and those that require a subscription. Some experts believe people who pay a monthly fee to use dating apps are the ones who are serious about finding a relationship.

Tinder does not charge its users, but it does offer a paid service to give users access to extra features.

Despite the results of the survey, the popular dating app says the majority of its elder users “are seeking a meaningful relationship,” which results in 1.5 million dates each week.