Flash Polls, Misc, Social Media, Spring 2016 Articles

The Online Dating Experience

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The Pack Poll recently asked students what dating apps or websites they use and to describe their experiences using them.  According to the Pew Research Center, 27% of Americans aged 18-24 use online dating sites or mobile apps. While students at State reported using a wide variety of dating apps and websites, the most heavily used were Facebook and Tinder, so report how students used those two and all other sites were combined as, “other.”  Despite the fact that Facebook isn’t nominally a dating website, survey respondents indicated they used it as such.

Somewhat surprisingly, those who said that they used Facebook reported similar rates of dating with as Tinder.  Tinder users, though, reported the lowest rates of successfully going on a date, as well being the least likely to wind up in long term relationships after using the app.   Furthermore, Tinder users were most likely to say they had been contacted in a way which made them uncomfortable, although Facebook’s percentage was similar. All three groups reported being matched/finding the profile of someone they already knew upwards of 90%.

Tinder users’ lower rates of long-term relationships and higher response rate of negative encounters corresponds with perceptions of Tinder as an app used more for “hooking up” than for dating. Female users of tinder were less likely to report a negative encounter than the other apps, although a whopping 60% of all respondents said they had at least one negative Tinder experience, including 75% of all women. This comes after a 2014 Pack Poll survey in which 32% of women said that their experience of Tinder overall was negative, compared to 15% of men.

Margin of sampling error for completed response rate and questions asked of the                                                             full sample +/- 2%

These are the results for this semester’s second “Flash Poll” about the dating and technology (April 5-7, 2016). The survey was administered over the internet to a random sample of 3,500 NCSU undergraduates, generating an 18% response rate. We only report opinions for students who completed the entire survey (717 began the survey, for a partial response rate of 20%). The margin of sampling error for questions in which all respondents answered is +/- 2%. In addition to sampling error, other forms of error occur in surveys, such as confusion about question wording or the order of questions, but these are not precisely quantifiable. We do not apply post-stratification sample weights to adjust for possible demographic imbalances in our sample because we did not measure known population characteristics such as students’ year in school, race or gender.

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