COUPLES who connect through dating apps are more likely to move in together than those who meet in a social setting.
esearchers have found that online daters have stronger long-term relationship goals than their peers who get together in more traditional ways, such as at the office or pub.
Dating apps including Tinder, Bumble and Hinge have been criticised for a focus on casual sex, but spreading the net wider increases the chances of settling down with “Mr or Mrs Right”, say psychologists from the University of Geneva.
An analysis of more than 3,000 over-18s in Switzerland showed couples who met on an app were more motivated by the idea of cohabiting.
In addition, women who found their partner this way showed greater desires and intentions to have children than those who did not.
Dr Gina Potarca, study lead author, said cohabiting was viewed as a “trial period prior to marriage”, adding: “It’s a pragmatic approach in a country where the divorce rate is consistently around 40pc.”
With many social settings now shut because of the pandemic, more people are turning to dating apps.
Dr Potarca said: “The internet is profoundly transforming the dynamics of how people meet.
“It provides an unprecedented abundance of meeting opportunities.”
Her findings, published in the journal PLOS One, add to evidence that dating apps boost the chances of compatibility – and reduce the risk of divorce.
Dr Potarca said: “Large parts of the media claim they have a negative impact on the quality of relationships since they render people incapable of investing in an exclusive or long-term relationship.
“Up to now, though, there has been no evidence to prove this is the case.”
Her team looked at 3,235 participants in a Swiss government family survey and had met their partner in the last decade.