Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Couples Who Meet On Dating Apps Have Stronger Relationship - Study

Smartphone dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge, have become hugely popular in recent years, and despite critics warning that they encourage casual dating, researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland found the opposite.

The team analysed data from a 2018 family survey by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and discovered that couples who met through a dating app have stronger cohabitation intentions than those who met offline.

And women who found love through a dating app also have stronger desires to have children in the near future, compared to those who coupled up without an app.

The team also said that the apps play an "important role" in increasing educationally diverse and geographically distant couples.

Study leader Gina Potarca found that couples who got together after meeting on a dating app were more inclined to take the next step in their relationships and live together.

"The study doesn't say whether their final intention was to live together for the long- or short-term, but given that there's no difference in the intention to marry, and that marriage is still a central institution in Switzerland, some of these couples likely see cohabitation as a trial period prior to marriage. It's a pragmatic approach in a country where the divorce rate is consistently around 40 per cent," she explained.

However, regardless of whether couples met on or offline, they were all equally satisfied with the quality of their relationship.

"Knowing that dating apps have likely become even more popular during this year's periods of lockdown and social distancing, it is reassuring to dismiss alarming concerns about the long-term effects of using these tools," Potarca concluded.

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