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You might also be wondering how Tinder users' motives for using the app relate to their actual use of the app.
Le Febvre's qualitative data couldn't really address this question, but Sumter and colleagues were able to examine the association between Tinder use motives and participants' likelihood of going on a Tinder date or having a Tinder hookup.
Another common motive that wasn't cited in the Le Febvre study was self-worth validation.
These studies show that using Tinder meets a variety of psychological needs, beyond the obvious ones relating to dating and sex.
Tinder can also be used to fulfill more general social needs.
The researchers then used a statistical technique to group those ratings into general categories.
The categories and the average ratings of the participants for each category are summarized in the table below.
Someone might primarily have joined Tinder because it seemed like the cool thing to do, but that person might also have a desire to meet a potential romantic partner or hookup.