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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Why everyone is miserable on Tinder:

Dating is a bruising sport; that’s always been the trouble. Apps like Tinder were supposed to save people from the ache of rejection by matching those who have already expressed interest in each other. But these platforms only created a newproblem. The scourge of modern singledom is no longer the unrequited crush — it’s the tepid, mutual “like” … that nobody can be bothered to do anything about.

Why do people swipe right on each other, but then never connect? A preliminary new study from researchers at Queen Mary University of London, Sapienza University of Rome, and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group collected data on just how bad this phenomenon is.

Researchers created 14 decoy Tinder profiles in London — male and female — and automatically liked everybody within a 100-mile radius. Then they waited to see what fraction of people would like them back, and what fraction of those would send a message.

The fake male profiles received little attention. They matched with others around 0.6 percent of the time. The fake female profiles were much more popular — about 10 percent of people liked them back (most of them men).

Men were much less likely to start a conversation with the decoy profiles. Only 7 percent of men who matched with a fake profile sent a message, compared to 21 percent of women who matched with a fake profile. In total though, many more men sent messages since the overwhelming majority of matches came from men.

These statistics illustrate how men and women use Tinder differently. The researchers say that men seem to be much less discriminating — they are more likely to swipe right, but also much less likely to follow through with a message. Women, on the other hand, tend to swipe right when they are serious about connecting.

This, of course, squares with the anecdotal experience of many people who use these dating apps. A follow-up survey of Tinder users confirmed that about one third of men said that most of the time they “casually like most profiles,” while women overwhelmingly said that they only swiped right on profiles they were actually attracted to.

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