Hook, Line and Sinker: Do Tinder Matches and Meet Ups Lead to One-Night Stands?

  • Trond Viggo GrøntvedtEmail author
  • Mons Bendixen
  • Ernst O. Botnen
  • Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair
Research Article


Several recent papers have established a link between personality and Tinder use, particularly with regards to sociosexuality and motivations for use. Following up our recent publication on dating apps and the studies linking Tinder and sociosexuality, we provide a more detailed investigation of the efficiency of using Tinder to acquire one-night stands or meet potential long-term committed relationship partners. Using self-reported data from 269 students (62% women), we find that a very large number of matches are required for a relative small number of meet ups, and result in a very limited number of hook-ups or potential romantic partner meetings. Merely 20% of the Tinder users in the sample have had one-night stands following Tinder use, and the majority of these only had one extra partner. The primary individual difference predictor of achieving casual sex using Tinder is unrestricted sociosexual attitudes, and this also predicts fewer potential romantic partner meetings.


Sociosexuality Tinder Casual sex Committed relationships 


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The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Public Health and Nursing, HUNT Research CenterNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyLevangerNorway
  3. 3.Lovisenberg Diakonale HospitalOsloNorway

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