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Tinder Tales: Examining Variations in The Process and Outcomes of Dating

By Gracie Rauen

Abstract

With over 10 million daily users, dating apps have changed the way many people around the world seek out and discover relationships. Current research shows there are many reasons people use apps such as Tinder and Bumblebee. This study seeks to expand on this research and explore the relationship between the motivations with which users begin, the unfolding process of connection, and the outcomes with which they end. We are in the process of collecting quantitative and qualitative data from a sample of undergraduate students. We will use the data to identify common patterns of app usage, describing the variations in the process from initial motivation, to reactions to stimulus characteristics, to initial on-line communication, and to in-person meetings. We will also present preliminary psychometric data on a dating app outcomes scale

Topics: Relationships, Online communication, Dating apps, Tinder, Psychology
Publisher: Western CEDAR
Year: 2019
OAI identifier: oai:cedar.wwu.edu:wwu_honors-1107
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