“Dean worked in the athletic department and I played volleyball,” Kristen said.
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That was also the main reason given by Bumble and Grindr users.
Beyond that, 15 percent of women and nine percent of men said they’re using these apps for an ego boost.
Van Dulmen said the act can create an impact on a student’s brain.“I can see it being addictive.
You have control and that’s very powerful,” he said.
Kristen said dating apps do help college students communicate better, but she recognizes the immediate ease of pulling out a phone will never translate to how much more effective it is to communicate in person.“I think that's the unfortunate thing, to be honest, as it's much better to put phones down and have the face-to-face interaction,” Kristen said.
“It's a great platform to meet people if you find it hard (to meet in person).”Students that make dating apps the only way to meet people can bring fear into simply walking up to someone interesting in a normal setting, like at a party or bar.
“We went to Quaker and the date went well.”Palmer recognizes the stigma of dating apps, and said they typically are viewed only as hook-up opportunities, but doesn’t see the harm in downloading the app just for fun.“I think it’s the norm for college students to at least download the app,” he said.
“I usually only meet people at bars and parties, but this seemed harmless and fun.”Palmer remembers a time when his dad asked his brother about the app, saying it was “stupid,” but Palmer said if his parents or older generations grew up with cell phones and the internet, the mindset would change.
The words used confuse a younger generation with being pro-hookup, van Dulmen said.
Dating apps and social media can put two people together in a way unimaginable even 10 years ago.
But for these students, the will to survive without such conveniences may make it harder to interact in person.