Newsflash: 42% of the People You Meet on Tinder Aren’t Even Single

Newsflash: 42% of the People You Meet on Tinder Aren't Even Single
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But you knew that already, didn’t you?


A research conducted by a firm called Global Web Index found that around 42 percent of the users on Tinder are already committed in a relationship with someone else— but still opt to use the dating app anyway.

According to the firm’s research, most of the 42 percent of Tinder cheaters are mainly coming from the female population.

Although the results from the research appears to be— needless to say— sinister, it seems that an undisclosed number of users from the huge chunk of the dating app’s taken population are not really using Tinder to find someone they can cheat with.

In an article written by Wired’s Molly McHugh, it appears that some users download and join Tinder purely out of curiosity, with others often getting on the app just to see if anyone they knew were on it.

Even though Tinder has established itself as the most popular dating app in the tech world, it looks as though users who get on the app out of sheer boredom— without any intentions of dating anyone from the app— isn’t that uncommon.

It wasn’t too long ago when Tinder CEO Sean Rad insisted that the app is more of a “social discovery app” rather than a social media platform for dating and flirting— and, oddly enough, it seems as though he might have been right.

In an interview with Wired’s Molly McHugh, EJ Dickson of the Daily Dot told of the app:

“[I use it] Maybe, if I’m bored or waiting to meet a friend. Most of the time I’ll do it for a story but occasionally I’ll do it because I’m bored and it requires a lot less cerebral effort than, like, Trivia Crack or something. Most of the time, I’ll only message people if I know them or if they’re in media or if they have a cute pet or something.”

“And I’ll just say ‘cute pet’ or ‘hey, I went to Hebrew school with you’ and delete it a few hours later and disappear back into the ether.”

Meanwhile, Global Web Index supposes that taken women who opt to use the dating app are only doing so to ‘window shop’ for potential hookups.

According to Global Web Index trends head Jason Mander:

“This suggests that women are keener than men to go ‘window shopping’.”

“It is clear that there is a segment of the audience using Tinder for purposes they shouldn’t be.”

“The natural assumption is that married people are using it to cheat on their partners.”



  • oraclemay says:

    It is amazing how many people who are either married or involved are using this site and others that are similar to mess around. I don’t know if it is just a lack of commitment or the fact that they feel neglected or bored. It is always better to get out of a bad relationship before you get into another. Begin with a clean slate and watch out for those you meet.

  • Diane Lane says:

    I think many of the married or otherwise ‘engaged’ people using the site are with the person they’re with until and unless someone better comes along. I wouldn’t want to be the person they’re with, since I’d rather be with someone who was committed, and this type of person obviously isn’t. It doesn’t matter how they describe their membership, if they weren’t looking, they wouldn’t have joined the site. There are plenty of other sites they could go to for human interaction, such as Twitter, Instagram, etc., that don’t involve expectations of romance.

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