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No, dating apps will not help you get laid more than usual

Wait, what is your usual?

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 22 May 2018, 4:23 PM
Did we just burst a bubble?

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It is time for us to bust the myth that has been misleading millennials for years. If you think Tinder, Grindr or Bumble will help out your sex life, you are kind of wrong.

You will actually get laid exactly how much you usually do — give or take the sexting. It has just been revealed that people who are on picture-based dating apps have just as much sex as people who are not.

A team of researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) studied the dating habits of 641 university students who are between 19 and 29 years old. Only half of the students were users of dating apps like Tinder or Bumble.

"Dating app users don't have more casual sexual partners than others with the same short-term preference. Apps have become the new public arena for dating. But to a large extent, the people using them are the same ones you find dating other ways," says Mons Bendixen, an associate professor at NTNU's Department of Psychology, according to a report in Cosmopolitan.

So, joining Tinder won't just automatically improve our chances of getting laid? *Screams at the phone*

This doesn't mean you're using them wrong or dating apps are useless. Tinder, especially, has been defined as a hook-up app, and it was just assumed that most users have more than one sexual partner. But that's not exactly what's happening. The app has simply become a way to meet people, the same way you meet people in real life, and communicate with them. 

According to the study, the rate of casual sex is determined by someone’s level of “sociosexual orientation,” which is just a fancy way of saying, horny and doing something about it.

To make it simple, people who are looking for flings will find them on Tinder just as easily as they'll find them at college or the pub or at the library.

This has become more obvious as dating apps have been rolling out features that cater to specific user issues to make their experiences better. For instance, this February, Tinder introduced a 'ladies first' feature, which will give women the chance to start off a conversation or to stall one. It is basically a setting that female users can enable, which will let them decide when they want to make their move. 

Last month, it was revealed in a survey that Bumble, too, is now steering towards marketing itself as an app for finding "empowered and lasting connections," rather than "hookups."

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