App Annie Report Shows Four Billion Spent On Dating Apps

Research from App Annie shows that more than $4 billion has been spent globally on dating apps in 2021 – a 95% increase since 2018.

Taimi, Hily, and Tinder tend to be more popular among Gen Z in the US.
Gen X & Baby Boomers in North America and Australia tend to use ‘mobile-forced’ dating apps; among those, Zoosk and tend to be popular. SCRUFF, Bermuda, and Plenty of Fish Online Dating bucked the trend and saw popularity among Baby Boomers despite being mobile-first providers.

The report from app monitoring firm App Annie has revealed that people spend on average 4.8 hours per day on their mobile phones – equating to 3.8 billion hours globally.

App Annie’s report shows that apps were downloaded 230 billion times in 2021, while $170bn (£125bn) was spent. TikTok was the most downloaded app worldwide, with users spending 90% more time there compared to 2020.

App Annie found this to be the most time that’s ever been spent on mobile devices over the course of a single year, with consumers migrating their attention and spending also to mobile. Over $320,000 flowed through the app stores every minute of 2021, an increase of nearly 20% from previous records in 2020. 

Mobile services from both early adopters and mobile-forced players remain in high demand — with global consumers downloading over 435,000 apps per minute. Similarly, advertisers are taking note of the broad reach and deep engagement of mobile apps with mobile ad spend on track to hit $350 billion in 2022, after surpassing $295 in 2021.

Health and fitness apps saw significant growth, as the COVID-19 pandemic meant people couldn’t always attend gyms or conduct group exercise classes in person. Similarly reflecting greater emphasis on mental well-being, meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm proved popular – especially with young people, with the top five most downloaded seeing a 27% growth in 2021.

Read the full report here.

Luke Smith

Luke is the Editor for Global Dating Insights. Originally from London, he achieved a BA in Journalism from De Montfort University, Leicester. An experienced content writer, he enjoys a variety of sports, with a keen passion for his football team, Fulham FC.

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