Next time you’re matched with someone on Tinder, don’t hold your breath that it could be your soulmate: New research has revealed that 30% of Tinder users are already married and almost half aren’t even single.
The data from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) shows that only 54% of people on the dating platform are “single,” while 3% are “widowed/divorced.” Another 12% are “in a relationship.”
Tinder released a statement Friday disputing the GWI’s findings.
“The results of this tiny, 681 person study in the UK is a totally inaccurate depiction of Tinder’s userbase—this firm is making guesses without having any access to real data on our millions of users worldwide,” the statement said. “Here are the facts: the single largest age group on Tinder, making up more than half of our entire userbase, is 18-24, and 93%+ of them have never been married according to the UK’s Office of National Statistics. Without revealing any data about our users, simple logic should reveal that it’s essentially impossible for any of these claims to be accurate. Their methodology seems severely and fundamentally flawed.”
GWI points out, though, that its finding of a high number of married users could mean Tinder’s CEO Sean Rad was right when he called the service “not just a dating app but a ‘social discovery platform.'” Then again, maybe Tinder could be a gateway drug to the dating site for cheaters, Ashley Madison.