New Research Asks Why Tinder Is So ‘Evilly Satisfying’ For Singles


A new piece of research into why apps like Tinder are so “evilly satisfying” argues that although some conceptions about mobile dating apps are wrong, its users do record higher levels of frustration.

Outlined in an article on The Washington Post, Jeanette Purvis, a Psychology Ph.D. Student from the University of Hawaii, speaks about her work analysing “hundreds of surveys, interviews and internet posts from Tinder users describing their experiences with the app.”

Her research aims to get to grips with whether the swiping-heavy nature of apps like Tinder generate different outcomes to other forms of online dating, or traditional offline means of finding a relationship.

Purvis says the “rapid swiping” that some men engage in on Tinder causes a situation where men are “less committed to their matches”, and women, despite feeling flattered by the increased attention, eventually “feel disappointed when trying to follow up and have deeper conversations.”

And despite her preliminary research suggesting that Tinder users aren’t looking for anything different to non-Tinder users, they “did report experiencing frustration with their romantic encounters.”

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