So someone might primarily have joined Tinder because it seemed like the cool thing to do, but they might also have a desire to meet a potential romantic partner or hookup.
In another recent study, by Sindy Sumter and colleagues, a sample of 163 Dutch Tinder users rated the extent to which various motives described their reasons for using Tinder.
The most common motives for using Tinder were because it's exciting and because it's trendy.
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.
Participants in Le Febvre's study were asked what their motivations for their behaviors.
This rate is much lower, but other data from this study indicates that these participants were overall less active on the app than the participants in Le Febvre's study.
How do motives for using Tinder relate to people’s experiences?
It's popular: 48.3% of the respondents indicated that the main reason they used Tinder revolved around its popularity — the media hype or the fact that many of their peers were using it.
Only about 5% of those surveyed indicated that the desire for hookups was their main motivation for joining the site. The participants were also asked what they thought the purpose Tinder was.