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Dating Apps Are Basically Pointless, Says Study



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I’ve said it since day one: dating apps are ineffectual when it comes to romance. And a recent study is furthering that notion.

Taha Yasseri and Jennie Zhang from the Oxford Internet Institute led a research study which analyzed behavior and responses that would come from some of the most popular mobile dating apps.

Researchers went through an eye-watering amount of data: 19 million messages between 400,000 people — all to show us exactly why most of those Tinder messages go unanswered.

About 49 percent of the messages analyzed went unopened, while only 19 percent ended in an exchange of phone numbers between partners, the study concluded.

If you stop to think about it, to be honest, it’s actually pretty sad.

“We interviewed some users and realized that men usually swipe right way more often than females, and they pay way less attention to profiles,” said Yasseri.

And just to give you an idea of how many people are using these mobile dating apps, Tinder alone works its magic on over 25 million users a day — YES, a day.

Meanwhile, other mobile dating platforms peak at similar numbers, generally ranging in the millions of daily users.

Although Zhang and Yasseri’s paper is public, it is in the process to finish peer review.

Last year, a similar study was done in Taiwan, except it concluded that the lack of interaction from the huge list of dating apps was due to poor filtering and search engine knowledge.

If there is something you can learn from these studies is that relying on your phone to find your one, true love, will likely keep you single forever.

So get out there and show off those triceps, hot shot.

Jose Florez is the founder and editor of Mental Daily. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Glamour, HuffPost, among others. He is a mental health advocate, and currently studying psychology.

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