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Dating in college is more difficult than ever. Students have found ways to keep romance alive
The 5 Rules Of College Dating I Had To Learn The Hard Way
College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs. But a new poll finds that an extraordinary technological change has taken place over the past three years. Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. Since then, that rate has almost tripled. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.
Former Student, Fair Game?
Meeting someone in college isn't easy, especially during the pandemic. Even if your classmates are on campus with you, you may find that you just don't want to date anyone in your sociology lecture. Or your freshman composition class.
Swipe right for friendship? If a newly published survey of students is to be believed, more college kids use Tinder and other dating apps to find friendship than to find romance or casual sex. WayUp, a startup for college jobs, recently conducted a survey to gather statistics on the dating habits of college students and discovered this surprising trend: Fifty-eight percent of the respondents said that they had never used apps to go on actual dates, and 53 percent said that their intent on the chosen app was finding new friends. And while over half of the surveyed students claimed a lack of interest in dating through apps, only 27 percent reported using apps to find a significant other. The smallest number of people, only 20 percent, reported using Tinder to look for a hookup — which is an outcome that we typically assume most Tinder uses relate to.