College students and dating sites
They’re probably away from home for the first time, making their own decisions, participating in different kinds of activities, and, most importantly, meeting tons of new people.And that doesn’t just have to happen in class, at parties or bars, or through friends and extracurriculars. But is it possible students are also using Tinder not for sex but to find friends? There’s certainly reason to be skeptical, experts say, but there might be a kernel of truth there.More than half of college students in a recent survey said they were using Tinder and other dating apps (but mostly Tinder) to find friends, not hookups. “That seems a little bit of a stretch,” said Aditi Paul, a Ph. candidate at Michigan State University whose research has found online daters tend to break up faster and more often and are less likely to end up married than their off-line counterparts.“The fact that college students are using Tinder at all shows they are not finding what they want on their own campuses, where they are surrounded by so many other singles who are so similar to themselves,” said Kathleen Bogle, who wrote a book about campus dating, in an email.“That fact alone is interesting.” “When I interviewed [students], I asked them to dream up how they would [prefer to] get together in a romantic, sexual relationship,” Bogle said, and they had a hard time answering.A little less than two weeks later, during her sorority semi-formal, I got all her closest sorority sisters to help out and I asked her to marry me. Two college students only 15 minutes away from each other, but yet had never meet. We began talking sometime between October 2013 and November 2013 on this site.
Our writers explore and prepare you for the thoughts and feelings we all experience on our dating journey to keep things fun and interesting.“I find it a little bit of a stretch of reality that they’re looking for friends -- with that agenda -- with this app,” she said.Students are already surrounded by loads of people their own age with similar interests and plenty of opportunity to interact, she explained -- a near-perfect petri dish for incubating friendships.Only 20 percent of the 200 students surveyed by campus jobs start-up Way Up said they used the app for casual sex, and less than a third said they were looking for a significant other. At least a few people are indeed looking for friends on Tinder, Paul said, which she knows because she’s met some of them, but they weren’t college students. Two hundred students isn’t a very large pool -- the app is estimated to have 50 million subscribers -- and is this even a question students would answer honestly?