College dating network

“Many college students are not very clear what they want in terms of sexual or romantic relationships.

That is part of the reason the vague concept of hooking up has flourished on college campuses,” she said.

Yes, your campus probably has one tucked away somewhere, and this is where you find queer folk in between classes.

“A hookup can be a one-night stand or the beginning of seeing each other or the start of a committed romantic relationship.

It can also be anything from kissing to intercourse on the sexual spectrum.

Any form of interaction with people of the LGBTA community, even in an overcrowded and noisy bar, increases your chance of a date…or at least a good time for the night.

No, not every lesbian owns 23 plaid shirts and has short hair.

But is it possible students are also using Tinder not for sex but to find friends? There’s certainly reason to be skeptical, experts say, but there might be a kernel of truth there.

More than half of college students in a recent survey said they were using Tinder and other dating apps (but mostly Tinder) to find friends, not hookups. “That seems a little bit of a stretch,” said Aditi Paul, a Ph. candidate at Michigan State University whose research has found online daters tend to break up faster and more often and are less likely to end up married than their off-line counterparts.

My guess is that when college students use Tinder, they don't know exactly what they want -- or what they'll find.

So, they may say on surveys that they are open to many different possibilities, including just making some new friends (who they may or may not actually hook up with).” There also may be a stigma at play, she said, against specifying exactly what someone may be looking for.

Online dating is more reliable than Grindr when it comes to beginning a serious relationship. Assuming the average student doesn’t major in this field, most universities offer single-semester classes.

Ok Cupid results in a broad find of people close by, but, like most popular dating sites, it forces you to choose a gender for your profile. These classes typically comprise of members of the LGBTA community, providing a non-threatening environment to get to know similar people (leading to new friendships at the very least).

I think that’s just a sign of being open to whatever happens, happens.” On a statistically useless, purely anecdotal level, platonic Tinder use has been attempted. “I’ve never heard of a successful case of someone using a dating site like that,” said Yoseph Radding, a senior at Michigan State University and co-creator of the app Lyke Me, which aims to succeed where dating apps have apparently failed by connecting people with similar interests and hopefully forming long-lasting friendships.

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