My guess is that when college students use Tinder, they don't know exactly what they want -- or what they'll find.
So, they may say on surveys that they are open to many different possibilities, including just making some new friends (who they may or may not actually hook up with).” There also may be a stigma at play, she said, against specifying exactly what someone may be looking for.
Only 20 percent of the 200 students surveyed by campus jobs start-up Way Up said they used the app for casual sex, and less than a third said they were looking for a significant other. At least a few people are indeed looking for friends on Tinder, Paul said, which she knows because she’s met some of them, but they weren’t college students.
Two hundred students isn’t a very large pool -- the app is estimated to have 50 million subscribers -- and is this even a question students would answer honestly?
In college, there is constant pressure to be the superstar and men are often worried about their reputation.
Pressure not to be known as the guy who cannot get his own date.
But is it possible students are also using Tinder not for sex but to find friends? There’s certainly reason to be skeptical, experts say, but there might be a kernel of truth there.
More than half of college students in a recent survey said they were using Tinder and other dating apps (but mostly Tinder) to find friends, not hookups. “That seems a little bit of a stretch,” said Aditi Paul, a Ph. candidate at Michigan State University whose research has found online daters tend to break up faster and more often and are less likely to end up married than their off-line counterparts.
That is part of the reason the vague concept of hooking up has flourished on college campuses,” she said.There are groups of young men and women out there who are searching for their “perfect date,” but in the current culture, asking someone on a date is awkward, frightening, and unproductive.The hookup culture is approaching a near takeover of college life across the nation because it is easy.In fact, they reported that college students who “wish to avoid the bar scene and get into a committed relationship,” are starting to turn to online dating as their solution. The men with long-term relationship goals can turn to online dating, and those who want to stay in the hookup culture can keep living that lifestyle.Two separate worlds that allow everyone to get exactly what they want. There is simply too much pressure, but there are two main reasons why college men do not online date.“I find it a little bit of a stretch of reality that they’re looking for friends -- with that agenda -- with this app,” she said.