It’s not impossible that casual romantic encounters might morph into friendships, Paul said, but for students “to look at these apps through just those friendships seems like a little bit of a stretch.” Also, Paul noted, it’s entirely possible that students weren’t entirely forthcoming with their answers.
But research about how and why people are using dating sites and apps is all over the place and often contradictory. The University of Chicago has your back,” writes Caitlin Dewey in . For now, the verdict is apparently still out as to how many colleges students are searching for which kind of companionship on Tinder.
At least some are getting a little free food out of it, though.
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?
“Many college students are not very clear what they want in terms of sexual or romantic relationships.