Texas Tech University

Study Claims That Dating App Tinder Makes It Easy For Youth To Cheat On Their Partners


February 25, 2018

India Times - The popular dating app Tinder, which is supposed to help people form new relationships, is increasingly helping youngsters cheat on their romantic partners, a study claims. However, the app also makes it easier to catch cheaters, researchers said. Scientists from the Texas Tech University in the US showed that a significant number of college students are using Tinder to meet what they called “extradyadic partners” - that is, a partner outside of and in addition to the partner in a committed, romantic relationship.

"A couple of years ago, one of my students shared the story that she had come across a friend's boyfriend on Tinder, and she was not sure whether she should tell her friend," said Dana Weiser, an assistant professor at Texas Tech. "So, although Tinder may make it easy to meet potential partners, the potential for exposure may be high," Weiser said.

Among the 550 undergraduate students who participated in the study, 12.5 per cent had spent time with someone they met on Tinder, 17.1 per cent had messaged someone on Tinder, 8.9 per cent had been physically intimate and 7.2 per cent reported having sexual relations with someone they met on Tinder while in an exclusive relationship.

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