How Couples Who Meet On Dating Apps Compare To Those Who Meet IRL

Despite stereotypes that dating apps are designed for casual hookups or fleeting romances, new research reveals quite the opposite. A study from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in Switzerland says couples who meet on dating apps are equally as serious and satisfied as couples who meet in a non-digital setting. 

The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at 3,235 adults, all of whom were in a relationship and had met their partner within the last decade. The data came from a 2018 family survey by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, and it analyzed each couple’s relationship satisfaction, individual well-being, and desire to start a family. 

“Large parts of the media claim [dating apps] have a negative impact on the quality of relationships since they render people incapable of investing in an exclusive or long-term relationship,” researcher Gina Potarca, Ph.D., says in a news release. “Up to now, though, there has been no evidence to prove this is the case.” Her research, on the other hand, disproves those claims. 

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