Dating apps are often perceived as a platform to find a quick fling, but a study has found they may actually be the best place to find a lasting relationship.
A survey of couples claims those who met online are more likely to stay together than romances which begin in more traditional ways.
So if you’ve shunned dating apps as the place to find a meaningful connection, psychologists have suggested those using the apps actually have stronger relationship goals and therefore a higher chance of finding that special someone.
A study of 3,235 couples in Switzerland who are over the age of 18 found those who met on dating apps were more motivated to cohabit than those who didn’t.
It found women who used apps such as Tinder and Bumble to find a match had more desire to have children, and both men and women who met on them were just as sexually and socially satisfied as other couples.
The survey also found apps help to cultivate long-distance relationships and more diverse couples, especially highly-educated women and less-educated men going on dates.
Before dating apps really took off, websites were the go-to for finding a partner online and the study found these mainly attracted people over the age of 40 and divorcees.
Dr Gina Potarca, of Geneva University, said: “The internet is transforming the dynamics of how people meet.
“It provides an unprecedented abundance of meeting opportunities, and involves minimal effort.”
Of course, once you’re on the app you still need to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chances, from creating the right profile to nailing the opening line.