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Evidence-based dating sounds funny to the ear, but more and more research is coming to inform the way dating apps work, and this is the advent of big data.
Which raises a question: Did something change in young American sexuality during the first decade of the current century?
Everyone knows that lots of people use apps like Tinder for meeting partners for casual sex, or "hooking up".
Data from a recent survey (Carpenter and Mc Ewan, 2016) of college students shows that in this sample, the top three reasons for using dating apps were, in order: entertainment, dating and sex (a close third).
In this study, researchers measured disgust using the Three Domain Disgust Scale, rating items from "not disgusting at all" to "extremely disgusting".
An example of a sex-related item is "hearing two strangers having sex", and a conventionally non-sexual item — "stepping on dog poop." Different people have stronger or weaker gross-out reactions.If you are looking for casual sex on Tinder, you might consider reducing your sexual disgust sensitivity and increasing your sociosexual comfort level — otherwise, you could end up with a bad hangover, emotionally and possibly literally. Exploring the hook-up app: Low sexual disgust and high sociosexuality predict motivation to use Tinder for casual sex.