Using the internet to meet dating partners is increasingly popular and may have ramifications that are not yet fully realized. Although many dating sites have been operating for years, new online dating platforms continue to draw millions of new users. By using a large sample of people who use online dating platforms (n=1,286) we identified similarities and differences in what motivates people to use geosocial apps and dating sites. Motivations previously considered in the literature were supported and brought together in a single theory driven confirmatory factor analysis for each type of dating platform. A motivation to seek amusement was a latent factor unique to geosocial app use. Implications for researchers, clinicians, and dating platform users and developers may include helping users be better matched to others who have similar motivations to improve the online dating experience.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Aaron, Sean Calvin, "Investigating Motivations for Using Dating Websites and Geosocial Apps" (2017). All Theses and Dissertations. 6840.
online dating, motivations, geosocial dating apps, relationships