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Table 2 Motivations, dating app relationships and usage characteristics

From: Motivations, dating app relationships, unintended consequences and change in sexual behaviour in dating app users at an Australian music festival

Characteristics Frequency (%)
Dating app use (N = 862) 448 (52.0%)
Dating app use at festivals (N = 432) 146 (33.8%)
Reasons for not using dating apps (N = 405)  
In a relationship 249 (61.5%)
Prefer to meet people off apps 148 (36.5%)
Not dating 14 (3.5%)
Don’t like dating apps 13 (3.2%)
Reasons for using dating apps Reasons in general (N = 437) At music festivals (N = 145)
Boredom 261 (59.7%) 75 (51.7%)
Casual sex 197 (45.1%) 81 (55.9%)
Casual dating 187 (42.8%) 21 (14.5%)
Self-confidence boost 146 (33.4%) 33 (22.8%)
To find a long-term relationship 94 (21.5%) 11 (7.6%)
To make friends 71 (16.2%) 60 (41.4%)
Other 6 (1.4%) 4 (2.8%)
Dating apps used (N = 444)   
Tinder 431 (97.1%)  
Bumble 181 (40.1%)  
Hinge 38 (8.6%)  
Grindr 14 (3.2%)  
Plenty of fish 12 (2.7%)  
OkCupid 5 (1.1%)  
Happn 8(1.8%)  
Coffee meets bagel 2 (0.5%)  
Eharmony 4 (0.9%)  
RSVP 0 (0.0%)  
Zoosk 0 (0.0)  
Period of dating app usage (N = 438)   
Under 6 months 90 (20.5%)  
6–12 months 76 (17.4%)  
1–2 years 126 (28.8%)  
More than 2 years 146 (33.3%)  
Sexual partners met via dating app (N = 442)   
None 226 (51.1%)  
Less than half 55 (12.4%)  
More than half 128 (29.0%)  
All 33 (7.5%)  
People met face-to-face from dating app (N = 444) [Mean, Median (Min, Max)] 4.52, 2 (0, 50)  
Number of long-term relationships (N = 444) [Mean, Median (Min, Max)] 0.37, 0 (0, 12)  
Specified radius (km) on dating apps (N = 444) [Mean, Median (Min, Max)] 41.91, 30 (1, 1000)