NEW YORK — Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.
Credit mobile dating apps such as Tinder, which incorporate fun elements and are dead simple to use.
Swipe right on a profile picture to approve and swipe left to reject.
Others describe Tinder as convenient and fun, and possibly a route to a relationship — but there are obstacles.
“A lot of guys will message just terrible things, right off the bat,” said Maddie Forshee, a 21-year-old-student in Grand Rapids, Mich.
However, Consumer Reports does not find a large discrepancy between user perceptions of free apps versus paid ones.
“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,” according to Lend EDU.
But contrary to belief, apps haven’t led to a culture of endless hookups.
A little over 90 percent of these students said they are using Tinder and other apps for purposes other than hooking up. Well, 34 percent of those who favored Tinder said it was mostly for entertainment.
While seventy-two percent of respondents say they have used Tinder at some point, 44% say they use it for “confidence-boosting procrastination.” But over 70% of college students say they have not actually met up with anyone from the app.
The survey findings are a departure from the stereotypical idea that people use Tinder to find a quick hookup in the area.
“I don’t know how to say this without sounding like a scumbag, but I used it as a confidence boost,” he said.
But he said he wouldn’t use Tinder to find a significant other because he thinks it’s harder to trust people you meet on the app.
But instead of looking for long-term love, some people are turning to these services for one-night stands and even advice from locals when traveling.