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Table 2 Patterns of App Use and Non-use (N = 437)

From: Swipe-based dating applications use and its association with mental health outcomes: a cross-sectional study

CharacteristicsN(%)
Users (n = 129)
Frequency of SBDA UseFrequency n (%)
 Less than once a week40 (31.0%)
 Once a week or more but less than daily55 (42.6%)
 Daily34 (26.4%)
Duration of Use (missing = 1)
  ≤ 12 months62 (48.1%)
 More than a year66 (51.2%)
Most-Used SBDAs
 Tinder129 (100%)
 Bumble61 (47.3%)
 Plenty Of Fish10 (7.8%)
 Grindr8 (6.2%)
 Coffee Meets Bagel8 (6.2%)
Users & Past Users (n = 230)
Number of people met face-to-faceFrequency n (%)
 052 (22.6%)
 1–265 (28.3%)
 3–553 (23.0%)
  > 560 (26.1%)
Number of serious relationships
 None140 (60.9%)
 One or more90 (39.1%)
How do you feel that the use of dating apps has impacted your self-esteem?
 Positive93 (40.4%)
 No impact71 (30.0%)
 Negative66 (28.7%)
Non-Users & Past Users (n = 308)
Reasons for not using or no longer using dating applications (missing = 8)Frequency n (%)
 Not looking for a relationship201 (67.0%)
 Prefer to meet people in other ways94 (31.3%)
 Don’t trust people to be honest online33 (11.0%)
 Don’t cater for the kind of relationship I want30 (10.0%)
 Negative social stigma20 (6.7%)
 Other9 (3.0%)
 I don’t think I will match with anyone12 (4.0%)
 Previous bad experience1 (0.3%)
Where people meet past partners other than SBDA (missing = 8)
 Through work/university/school146 (48.7%)
 Through mutual friends112 (37.3%)
 Through church or hobbies37 (12.3%)
 At bars/clubs or other social venues30 (10.0%)
 Other30 (10.0%)
 At parks/libraries/other public places6 (2.0%)