Rosenfeld and Thomas’ research demonstrates that couples that meet online aren’t any less likely to break up than couples who meet offline, and Tinder’s own sociologist, Jessica Carbino, told that her research indicates that Tinder users are more likely to be looking for a committed relationship than their offline peers: nine percent of men using Tinder indicate that they find it hard to have a “committed relationship” while 30 percent of men dating offline feel the same.Tinder users, according to Carbino, are also 5 percent more likely to say “I love you” within their first year of dating their match.
These numbers correlate with a shifting opinion about the taboo of meeting online.
Pew says that 59 percent of Americans approve of online dating, and 47 percent of Americans think online dating is easier and more efficient than other means of finding love.“Online dating has lost much of its stigma,” Pew researchers Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson write, “and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.” “Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won’t look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because the right books are found only by accident.
One of the biggest changes that has happened with online dating, is that the market for use has expanded beyond middle aged heterosexuals and LGBTQ individuals — societies that sociologists say first made use of online dating services because of more intense limitations to finding a partner in the physical space.
Today, the number of 18 to 24-year old who use online dating has nearly tripled — increasing from 10 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2015.
Instead of just being a means to casual sex, Tinder matches in 2017 can also be happily married couples.