· Still, all of this sheds little light on the consequences of using the app. Prior research on online dating has indicated that within the shopping logic of online dating, a lack of comprised of peer-reviewed studies conducted on online-dating and news articles, and apply the theoretical framework and ideas to primary sources that encompass personal anecdotes Missing: communication studies · Webb's experience with online dating shows how online dating can become more than a game but also a social experiment revealing valuable facts. It seems that online dating With 55 billion matches to date, Tinder® is the world’s most popular dating app, making it the place to meet new people. Tinder. Tinder. Close. Let’s be real, the dating landscape looks Missing: communication studies ... read more
It should be noted, however, that a positive association between alcohol and substance use and romantic relationship formation has not been a consistent finding in the literature Kandel et al.
Thus, one could assume that alcohol and illegal substance use may only predict romantic relationship formation in certain types of populations, such as student populations in which alcohol use, including heavy alcohol use, is the norm and in which severe and detrimental alcohol and drug problems might be less common Erevik et al. The current findings have implications for future research.
The observed associations between Tinder use and individual characteristics in terms of demographics, personality, mental health and alcohol and substance use, suggest that future studies investigating outcomes related to Tinder use, should include and control for these variables.
The current findings also raise some research questions for future studies. An investigation of the cross-lagged relationship between alcohol use and mental health and Tinder use could better elucidate the temporal relationship between the variables in question.
Future studies may also investigate possible mediation pathways between Tinder use, personality, substance use, and romantic relationship formation, e. Further, even if Tinder use did not predict romantic relationship formation in the current study when covariates were controlled for, it is still possible that certain subgroups may have an increased likelihood of romantic relationship formation via Tinder as compared to other arenas for dating Grøntvedt et al.
Investigating the associations between Tinder use and romantic relationship formations in such subgroups could be an interesting inquiry for future studies. Subgroups that may have a higher likelihood of romantic relationship formation through Tinder, compared to other arenas, include individuals who have a hard time approaching potential romantic partners in off-line settings or who seldomly seek settings in which one could meet a partner, e. Both some limitations and strengths of the presented study should be noted.
Exploring this in future studies would offer an opportunity to investigate whether different motives for Tinder use are associated with different rates of success in terms of romantic relationship formation.
Further, an important limitation is that we do not know if those who formed romantic relationship met their partner trough Tinder or if their partner even used Tinder before they met. Another limitation is lack of information regarding details about the nature of the romantic relationships e.
There are also potential issues concerning the generalizability of the findings as the sample consisted only of relatively young students in Norway. Tinder is, however, mainly used by young individuals, which suggest that the finding may be relevant for most Tinder users Smith and Anderson, Despite these limitations, a major asset of the current study is the relatively large sample size and its longitudinal design.
Further, the research questions were novel; hence, the current study contributes such with several unique findings e. The results also suggest that Tinder users differ from non-users in terms of demographical, personality, mental health, and alcohol and substance use characteristics.
The data analyzed in this study is subject to ethical restrictions. Requests to access these datasets should be directed to EE, eilin. erevik uib. The studies involving human participants were reviewed and approved by Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Western Norway.
SP, EE, and TT conceived, designed, and preformed the research. EE and JK conceived and designed the specific study and analyzed the data. JK, EE, SP, ØV, and TT contributed to the writing of the manuscript. All authors contributed to the article and approved the submitted version.
Research reported in this publication was funded by the University of Bergen and the Bergen municipality. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
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Received: 21 April ; Accepted: 25 June ; Published: 14 August Copyright © Erevik, Kristensen, Torsheim, Vedaa and Pallesen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY. The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author s and the copyright owner s are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice.
No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. Erevik, eilin. However, satisfaction with the app was positively associated with mood. This begs the question whether both variables i. Therefore, a supplementary model was computed, also including an interaction term between time of experience with using Tinder and satisfaction with the app.
More experienced users that were satisfied with the app generally tended to report better moods right after using the app. This article presents a conceptual structuration model that considers algorithmic governance of online platforms as the dynamic interplay of three types of actors: platform owners and developers, machine learning algorithms and platform users.
More specifically, platform owners design the architectures and construct the discourses tied to services van Dijck, Within a technological and commercial logic, they set out the potential parameters and preferred targets for self-learning algorithms.
These mechanisms work semi-autonomously in developing the recipe to push users into desired behavior Alpaydin, Still, users are the key resource for this learning activity by providing the necessary data.
This implies that users at least indirectly, and probably unknowingly, have a hand in how a platform operates and develops. Users have the ability to attempt to resist platform algorithms by trying to figure out the essence of their mechanics and act accordingly Bucher, We argued that in current models of media effects, the influence of algorithms is mainly ignored. This obscures how exposure comes about as an interaction between users and algorithms.
Unfortunately, platforms rarely communicate on how their algorithms work, which complicates our understanding of how they affect exposure and users.
To indirectly explain the interaction between algorithms and users, we argued in favor of adopting insights from the C PE of online media and platform studies.
These perspectives have thoroughly analyzed the technical and economic backgrounds of numerous platforms. As such, both perspectives are complementary and benefit from being jointed together. The unique combination allows to derive assumptions on how algorithms work, and allow to gather data to test hypotheses on associations between input, output, and effects measures. More specifically, we successfully appropriated experience sampling to measure user action input , exposure output , and effects immediately after a usage session.
This offered a glimpse into the black box, without actually having to open it. It feeds back to media effects research by refining its conceptual model to fit algorithmically-governed platforms and by offering a method for empirical research. This proof of concept focused on Tinder and the supposed general mechanics of its algorithm. It showed that swipe activity is curvilinearly, rather than linearly related to profile interestingness and the number of matches.
Such findings suggest that, at least for non-paying users, more swipe activity does not necessarily relate to more outcomes i. It is reasonable to assume that Tinder deliberately limits these outcomes.
It prohibits its major assets of attractive profiles and liked profiles to run out too soon. This could be considered as an element that frustrates users to convert them into paying customers. Tinder incorporates a mechanism that explicitly, and apparently successfully, dissatisfies users by restricting their number of free likes; a restriction that is taken away by simply buying a premium subscription.
However, the current data do not support usage frequency intervals as an important factor in showing interesting profiles and allowing matches. We assumed that this would point platforms to users that pose a potential threat for dropping out.
Offering more matches could entice them to return, or become more active. However, we did find an effect of chronology of forms, which points to a similar logic, although based on the overall activity. The more Tinder is recurrently used, the lower the number of matches becomes.
Still, we need to consider that this is only an indirect indicator in this study. We expected similar effects of interestingness of profiles, which could not be confirmed. A plausible explanation is that Tinder attempts to continually feed users anticipation of potentially getting attractive matches, regardless of activity frequency.
Also, attractive profiles are a resource that are not as scarce as attractive profiles that warrant a match. This study sheds preliminary light on possible effects that using the app provokes. The analyses show that the longer it has been since Tinder was first ever used, the more negative participants reported on their mood after using the app. However, this effect is less pronounced for participants who are more satisfied with the app.
If we take into account that the key features explaining satisfaction i. This implies that research on online media effects that solely draws on either an exposure-effects or a selective exposure logic remains oblivious to the genuine complexity that underlies this exposure. Exposure to online platforms is a media effect in itself that provokes other effects. This study suggests that longitudinal efforts that closely focus on user activity and exposure as it occurs could help in overcoming this fundamental caveat.
This proof of concept of a structuration approach to research algorithmically-governed platforms not only fits Tinder, but virtually any platform. However, a significant challenge in generalizing its methodology is that platforms characterized by a wide array of input and output variables are probably too complex to capture in their entirety. It should be noted, however, that it is not our ambition to reverse engineer algorithms or capture their finest nuances, rather than uncovering and testing their general mechanisms.
Still, this study is inevitably characterized by several limitations. Despite the considerable number of completed forms, it draws upon a relatively small sample of users. This only allows us to reliably test relatively simple statistical models. Due to required investment, it is difficult to engage a large number of participants. Also, the sample includes few paying users.
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