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According to new research published in PLOS Onedating apps may not deserve the bad rap they receive. A large Swiss study found that relationships that were initiated through dating apps were just as satisfying as those initiated offline, and featured couples who were actually more inclined toward moving in together. The popularity of online dating surged in the s with the emergence of smartphones and dating applications.
Dating apps have simple interfaces, are easy to use, and highly accessible, making this new form of matchmaking increasingly popular. Along with this widespread use, criticism has surfaced suggesting that dating apps produce lower quality connections and emphasize casual dating. Potarca set out to explore differences among these two types of relationships, using a large, nationally representative sample of Swiss adults. Potarca procured data from a survey of Swiss households, focusing on a final sample of 3, adults who had met their partners within the past 10 years.
The participants had completed interviews where they were asked how they had met their current partner, as well as a multitude of questions regarding their intentions with their current relationship and their current relationship satisfaction. In her analysis, Potarca distinguished between different forms of online dating. A total of participants had met their partner through a dating app, had met their partner using a dating website, and had met them via other online methods.
The showed that respondents who met their partner through a dating app showed no ificant differences in marital intentions, desire for children, or intentions to have children than those who met their partner offline. However, those who met their partner through a dating app showed stronger intentions to move in with their partner than those who had met their partner offline.
Moreover, women who met their partner using a mobile app reported a greater desire for children and a greater intention to have children in the next three years. Those who met their partner online also reported relationship satisfaction and life satisfaction that was comparable to those who had met their partner offline. Interestingly, when looking at the sub-group of respondents who were not living with their partners, those who met their partner on a dating website reported greater relationship satisfaction than those who met their match using a dating app. Additionally, relationships that began on dating apps were more educationally diverse — these couples were more likely to involve one member with post-secondary education and one without, compared to relationships initiated offline.
The findings suggest that dating apps may be replacing the local networks through which people typically meet potential partners. Also, one might conclude that the same pragmatic approach that makes people use dating apps it is essentially a very objective-focused way of searching for a partner may also drive them to take intermediary steps before committing to marriage. The study only offered insight into relationships that were already well-established, and was not able to capture casual meet-ups or connections that never progressed into relationships.
Nevertheless, using a different data source looking at the intentions of singles using dating apps in Switzerland revealed that even in the dating stage, users of mobile apps are more interested in long-term family formation especially becoming parents than the non-users. But the context of Switzerland needs to be taken intowhere cultural emphasis on long-term relationships and marriage is still quite strong.
We therefore also need replication with data from other countries. PsyPost is a psychology and neuroscience news website dedicated to reporting the latest research on human behavior, cognition, and society. Home Exclusive Relationships and Sexual Health. People who find love through dating apps have stronger long-term intentions, study finds by Beth Ellwood.
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