Most people think Tinder is for hooking up—and a lot of people use it to do just that. But be careful swiping if you’re not looking for something serious—because she very well might be. According to a new study, tons of people are starting committed relationships after meeting on Tinder.
Research performed by Tinder analyzes the data from two surveys, which compared the average Tinder user with those who do not use the app. The participants in the latter group fell into three categories: those who have never dated online, those who used to date online but don’t anymore and those who have never dated online before but were willing to give it a shot. The first survey looked at roughly 7,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 36 and the second survey looked at around 2,500 users between the ages of 18 and 35.
Jessica Carbino, a sociologist at Tinder, said that those who use the dating app regularly are more likely to be seeking committed relationships when compared to those who don’t use the app.
“When you are dating online, you actually have a very clear idea of what the marketplace is like,” Carbino stated. “You are able to have a visual idea of the pool in front of you, whereas the people who aren’t dating online are simply speculating as to what the pool may be like.”
Additionally, research found that Tinder users typically ask their matches a lot of questions, which shows their “investment in prospective daters.” They were also five percent more likely to blurt out the three big words within the first year of dating their partners than non-users.
Issues with commitment? You’re not alone. The study found that 30 percent of men who won’t date online find it hard to commit, while only nine percent of men who use Tinder have commitment issues. Women had pretty similar results, too.
Moral of the story: Tinder seems like a great place to find quick booty calls that you’ll never have to see IRL again, but be careful. Your match might just be looking for her Prince Charming and you might end up committing!