Users swipe right if they like what they see and swipe left if they don’t.
They are then notified of any matches, where both people swiped right on each other's profiles.
For the uninitiated, Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows users to locate other singles in their geographic area. They can then start viewing photos of other users who match their age, gender, and location criteria.
Another common motive that wasn't cited in the Le Febvre study was self-worth validation.
It was not uncommon for participants to use the app because they wanted positive feedback on Tinder or because receiving such feedback felt good.
Not surprisingly, both studies also suggested that men are more likely than women to use Tinder for the purpose of seeking out casual sex.
These studies show that using Tinder meets a variety of psychological needs, beyond the obvious ones relating to dating and sex.