With the Covid crisis being used for New Year’s Eve celebrations and many other opportunities to seek personal romance, dating apps have flourished.
However, although this technology has long been associated with broadcasting, a study shows that people who swipe to the right before pairing have a satisfactory relationship with people who meet through traditional encounters, and may even be more willing to settle down.
The author of the study, Dr. Gina Potarca, said: “We actually found that couples who met through dating apps have even stronger long-term relationships than other couples who met through offline or other digital meetings. Family formation or love intentions.”
Potarca wrote an article in “PLOS One” and analyzed the results of a nationally representative 2018 survey of households and generations conducted by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, which conducted many surveys of people aged 15 to 79, including couples Where to date and their intentions in the relationship.
Potarca’s sample is concentrated in 3245 partners over 18 years old, and their relationship is no more than 10 years old. They found that although most people reported that they met each other offline, 104 people met through dating apps Of the other parties, 264 have met each other through dating sites, and 125 have found their partners through other online services.
Over time, the number of people meeting partners through dating apps has increased dramatically.
However, the analysis of the answers to the questions about the marriage relationship shows that there is no difference between the marriage intention and the people who met through the app and the people who met offline. There is no difference between the marriage intention and the desire or willingness to have children. Moreover, there is almost no difference in interpersonal relationships and life satisfaction.
Indeed, even if cohabitants are not considered, even if factors such as age have been taken into account, people who know their partners through the app are more likely to plan to live with them. In addition, compared with women who meet their partners offline, women who meet their partners through apps are more likely to have a child in the next three years.
The study also found that dating apps are associated with couples that span further geographic regions, with well-educated women paired with well-educated men – Potarca said the latter may be because app matching is more based on appearance, And may not be affected by the following factors and social stigma.
Potarca said the research avoided concerns about dating apps threatening long-term relationships. She said: “These moral panics usually do not reflect the actual trends that are happening.”
However, the study is based only on Swiss respondents, and some questions are only for heterosexuals. In addition, the number of people meeting with partners on dating apps is relatively small, and it is difficult to determine causality based on observations alone.
Dr. Kathryn Coduto, assistant professor of communications and media studies at South Dakota State University and a dating app expert who was not involved in the work, added that there may be biases about who will answer the survey and how. But she said this result is consistent with smaller studies that show that dating apps do not lead to “dating end.”
Coduto added that although dating app users want to live together faster and may be more willing to consider children, some findings may surprise them, but many people download apps looking for long-term relationships.
She said: “In fact, if this is your motivation when you download the app, and you meet someone with the same goals, you might be ready to move in as soon as possible.”
Coduto said it would be interesting to learn more about non-heterosexual relationships and how many partners an individual has through dating apps before meeting with a date.
She said: “It’s easy to read this research report and think that all these people are online, with their partners, and are ready to have children or at least move together.” “My guess is that it It’s much more than that, so understanding the process is insightful.”