Both studies showed that the trendiness and excitement of the app were larger drivers of its use than motivations that relate to what most users believe to be its purpose (dating/sex).
The researchers then coded participants' responses into categories.
So what was the most commonly cited reason for using Tinder?
Another 12.6% said they had hooked up but it didn’t involve sexual intercourse and another 65.6% said their hookups did involve sexual contact.
In addition, the average number of hookups reported by the participants was just above 3.
These studies show that using Tinder meets a variety of psychological needs, beyond the obvious ones relating to dating and sex.