An Unfortunate Revelation About Tinder Users

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These are trying times for an online dater. Every week seems to bring with it a new app, yet most relationship success stories still come from IRL meetups. And now, according to the results of a new survey, we're up against even worse odds than we thought, as Mic reports. The survey, performed by the research firm GlobalWebIndex, includes responses from over 47,000 Internet users between the ages of 18 and 64. Looking specifically at Tinder, the survey results indicate that only 54% identified as single. That leaves us with 30% who are married, 12% who are in a relationship, 3% who are divorced or widowed, and 1% identifying as "other." We don't necessarily know what kind of situation these users have with their partners, but if you're not looking to connect with someone who already identifies as in a relationship, you may be surprised to find out how small your circle of choices actually is. A few other interesting tidbits came out of the survey, too. For instance, even though these location-based apps seem to be taking over dating culture, only 30% of respondents said they visited a dating site on a monthly basis at all. And, only a measly 1% of respondents said they visited Tinder in the past month. Among Tinder users, the data suggest that 70% of them are visiting a dating site — not just the app — and a quarter of them are paying for online dating services. So, Tinder users may be living up to their reputation as casual fun-seekers, but these results remind us that users' behavior on the app may not necessarily be indicative of their willingness to jump into dating — most of them are dabbling in other avenues for making romantic connections online, too.