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The researchers then coded participants' responses into categories.
So what was the most commonly cited reason for using Tinder?
While this open-ended data is valuable, it doesn't provide the whole story on why people use Tinder.
Participants in Le Febvre's study were asked what their motivations for their behaviors.
Someone might primarily have joined Tinder because it seemed like the cool thing to do, but that person might also have a desire to meet a potential romantic partner or hookup.
In another recent study, by Sindy Sumter and colleagues, a sample of 163 Dutch Tinder users rated the extent to which various motives described their reasons for using Tinder.
In addition, the average number of hookups reported by the participants was just above three.
This rate is much lower, but other data from this study indicates that these participants were overall less active on the app than the participants in Le Febvre's study.
How do motives for using Tinder relate to people’s experiences?
The researchers then used a statistical technique to group those ratings into general categories.
The categories and the average ratings of the participants for each category are summarized in the table below.