Thursday 19 September 2019

Love online: half Dutch young adults have a dating app profile

Online dating

Almost half young Dutch adults have used dating apps like Tinder and Grindr to find love and more than half consider seeking a partner online just as ‘normal’ as more traditional methods, according to a new survey by the Rutgers foundation for the Volkskrant.

In total, one in five people in the Netherlands has made a profile for an online dating site, the survey found, ranging from 48% of the under 24s to 4% of the over 65s.

Tinder is by far the most popular, followed by Happn and Grindr.

However, the number of people actually going on a date with someone they’ve matched with online is much lower. ‘Most people make a profile, swipe and find a match,’ Rutgers researcher Hanneke de Graaf told the paper.

‘But if you ask who actually went on a date, the percentage plummets. And if you ask who has had sex via a dating app, the figure is lower still.’

The survey also found 20% of people had taken nude or sexual photos of themselves and 70% of them had sent them to a third person.

And 30% of the 1,015 people in the survey said it is the fault of the people taking the photo of themselves if their image ends up in general circulation. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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