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College Students' Motives for In-Person Meetings with Dating Application Matches
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking  (IF4.157),  Pub Date : 2021-11-16, DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2021.0031
Meredith G. Harrison, Richard D. McAnulty, Amy Canevello

Although some research has explored emerging adults' motives for using mobile dating applications, no studies have investigated motives for in-person (or offline) meetings with dating app matches. A sample of 267 U.S. college students completed an online survey, 138 of whom were dating app users and 80 of those had met at least one match in person. Contrary to the popular view that dating apps promote casual sex, love was the top motive for in-person meeting with matches. Our findings are consistent with the idea that dating apps are used to connect with others, not just for hookups.