What Americans Are Really Looking For On Dating Apps


After at least a year being stuck in the house, many singles are ready to get back out there again, and of course, some are hitting the dating apps to find potential matches.

A new YouGov poll finds:

  • 9% of Americans are currently using dating apps, and 28% have done so in the past.
  • Those currently using dating apps go up to 17% for Millennials.
  • 32% of folks who say they are single and looking for a partner are using dating apps. 
  • Not surprising, the most common reason to be on a dating app is to look for an exclusive romantic partner (54%), but that is far from the only reason.
  • Other reasons include:
    • To have something fun/interesting to do (34%)
    • To have casual sex (26%)
    • To make platonic/non-romantic connections (25%)
    • To see what the app is like (23%)
    • To find a non-exclusive romantic partner (20%)
    • To boost my self-esteem (18%)
    • To find someone for a friend (18%)

But not all motives are pure.

  • The poll finds 6% actually admit they are on dating apps to cheat on their partner.
  • That number goes up to 9% for men, as compared to 3% of women.

Do you use a dating app? Which ones do you like best?