“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.“It’s turned into a game,” said Tim Smith, a 21-year-old student from Hampstead, Md.When he’s bored, he swipes on women on Tinder, even when he doesn’t feel like talking to anyone.Young adults, ages 18 to 24, traditionally haven’t been big online daters.
In 2013, only 10 percent in that age group used online dating. adults overall have used dating sites or apps, a slight increase from 11 percent in 2013. For people who have never been married, 30 percent have used online dating.) Stanford University professor Michael Rosenfeld wrote in a 2012 paper that the Internet could be helpful for people in “thin” dating markets, ones with relatively fewer options for possible partners in their regular life.The stigma that was once attached to online dating has well and truly disappeared – in fact, you’re more likely to raise eyebrows if you’re single and not on any dating apps.Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.Around one in four relationships start online now, and among the millennial generation, the number is likely to be even higher.But as our smartphones become increasingly powerful, fewer of us are dating from behind our desktops, rather turning to the digital devices in our pockets.
That rose to 27 percent in the latest Pew study, which was released Thursday. That includes gays, lesbians and middle-aged straight people, he said.