A nationwide, cross-sectional overview of your average female Tinder user.
This study was conducted by the author of Lexet Iustitia, and was first published on 2019 July 16. A revised version appears here with the author’s permission.
Readership: RP Men, especially those using the Tinder app.
Recently, I developed a curiosity about the quality of people on Tinder, after being off of the app for quite some time. Tinder is still the most used app out there, but the quality of the users has taken a dive since I was last using it. After noticing many of the profiles on the app were trashy, I decided to record and analyze the demographic data of the users that I saw.
The screenshots added throughout this post will provide the reader some insights as to what is on Tinder, without having to join.
To be certain that my sampling was a true representation of all Tinder users, I paid for an upgraded account. Many dating apps are free, but they encourage users to upgrade or pay for special services. These dating sites “throttle” the availability of people you have access to until you pay for an upgraded account. Apparently, the better quality users are only accessible through paying for an upgrade. Upgrading also allowed me to switch my location and browse users from other locations.
I conducted a “survey” of hundreds of profiles in 10 cities, and for this study, I picked out data from 2100 accounts of women aged 18-30. I viewed at least as many accounts in the same locations, or outside of those locations, without recording them.
In each location, I surveyed 100 profiles at a time. (I considered it a day’s work). Each group of 100 profiles is referred to as a block.
I chose six cities located in the Southern region of the U.S.A. Three of these cities are considered tourist friendly or touristy areas. Two locations were in the Western region, while another was in the upper Midwest. Finally, I had to include Washington, D.C., since it is famous for its dating culture. With the exception of D.C. and one of the western locations, my search radius was 100 miles. D.C. and the 1 western location had a higher population density, so I narrowed the search down to within 10 miles. I viewed several cities outside of my 10 city sample, but I decided that the results were so similar to the other samples that they were not worth recording.
Yes, some profiles were that disgusting! On some profiles, I only recorded the first few red flags I observed before swiping left, so as to preserve my vision. For the most part, my observations were from the pictures, and the portion of the text shown on the first picture. If I had to open the rest of their body of text to read their profile, let’s just say I didn’t read it or record it.
I recorded visible tattoos (obviously), body piercings in “nontraditional” locations (lip, tongue, nose, eyebrow), weird hair (shaved, super short, or dyed an unnatural color), overweight (technically severely overweight or obese – I was actually very conservative with how many I placed in this category), and women who were single moms. The last category I had was “E Thot/Sex work.” These accounts had any of the following features.
- Asked for $$$ to be sent via other apps.
- Offered sugar daddy relationships.
- Apparent strippers / sex workers.
- Linked to Instagram accounts that seemed very professional and way too suggestive.
Although I recorded accounts that I thought were fake, were of couples, or featured drug and alcohol use, I stopped recording alcohol related photos, unless nearly every picture in a profile featured alcohol, or it was apparent from the text that they were alcoholics.
As time progressed, I found additional categories to track, so the data is incomplete, and only useful to show the bare minimum of each category out of its sample size.
There are a few important characteristics I didn’t track at all, including the following.
- The number of accounts by “pregnant women”.
- The number of accounts listing their preferred pronouns.
- The number of profiles that were sexually suggestive, or offering blatant innuendos.
On the last point, my low ball estimate for the number of profiles that were sexually suggestive would be at least 40% of all profiles.
The spreadsheet of the data collected looks like this.
T/NT: Tourist or Not Tourist area; S/W/MW/DC: geographic location
- 28% were severely overweight.
- 17% of users had at least 1 tattoo visible in the photos.
- 16.5% had odd piercings. Most of these are septum piercings.
- 6% of users are advertising sex work or nude photoshoots for $$$.
- 5% had butchered their hair.
Single Mother Users on Tinder (SMUT)
5% of Tinder users identified themselves as single mothers, and many of these women had multiple accounts. (I did not track how many.) Many of them had several children of young ages.
Overall, if you took the fact that they were single parents out of the equation, single mothers would have the highest quality profiles on Tinder. However, several single mother accounts showed clear drug use, in either their video clips or pictures.
Nearly every single mother profile had “high standards” for any prospective men, and tried to give the impression of being high quality and religious. I found it mighty convenient that they “found God”. Of course, it is unreasonable for these women to hold their prospective partner to these standards since they cannot meet the same high standard as a wife or LTR partner.
Being a single mother is a significant sloot tell, indicating that the woman in question has been promiscuous, at least in the past. Whether a particular woman has truly reformed is a questionable matter, despite their higher quality of appearance. But by virtue of the fact that she’s on Tinder, it is likely that she has not reformed, or at least not enough to realize that the motives of the vast majority of Tinder users are not consistent with what she is looking for. Single mothers who are seriously looking to find a man and settle down should not be looking for men on a hook up app like Tinder.
- Although I did not track race, female Tinder users are predominantly white.
- Women residing in cities frequented by international tourists were of better quality than those living in Non-Tourist areas. [SF: I call this the Rubyshoe effect.]
- Washington D.C. and the one Western urban location had the lowest number of single moms, women with weird hair, or overweight women.
- Nearly all of the D.C. profiles were of locals, judging by the number of pictures with them at known D.C. locations. Interestingly enough, many women in the “touristy” areas of the South also had pictures taken in D.C.
- I observed a profound sense of entitlement in most of the profiles. There is no way to quantify this observation, but it is based on viewing at least 10,000 photos while on this app (2,100 profiles at the bare minimum, with each having several photographs = 10,000 easy).
- Many of the pictures indicated travel, concerts, and similar social activities. None of the activities were free events, but indicated some form of expectation about spending excessive amounts of money to keep up with their lifestyle.
- Many of the photographs focused around alcohol in party/vacation environments.
- Several pictures clearly showed operation of a motor vehicle while drinking.
- One account was advertising their personal business that had nothing to do with dating, and it was quite funny.
- I viewed several college towns of well-known conservative/Christian schools that are outside of this sample. There are plenty of women using Tinder from prominent conservative Christian colleges and seminaries.
Trends and Cofactors
- Many of the profiles with linked Instagram accounts are clearly imitating the raunchy behavior of more professional Instagram users or celebrities.
- Piercings, tattoos, and bizarre hairstyles appeared as cofactors. That is, if a woman had weird hair, she nearly always had piercings and/or tattoos.
- Common tattoo locations were: thigh, forearms, clavicle, the area underneath the bikini top, or on the side of the thorax.
- Many women are getting tattoos of Roman numerals.
- Sleeve style tattoos are becoming more common.
- While only a few did this, it is a trend: Women taking mirror selfies while they are sitting on the toilet.
- Most “funny” profile jokes were not unique, and I saw the same few jokes over and over again. I am not sure if this is because of some shared sense of humor, fake accounts, or lack of originality. I saw one incredibly hilarious original profile description. But most profiles in general did not attempt any sort of humor.
In each block (of 100 profiles), I came across some anomalies listed below.
- Each block had exactly 12 profiles that were extremely polished in their presentation, and appeared to be professional “E thots/sex workers”. The quality of these accounts appeared to be in a league above all the others. I would consider these profiles to be fake, paid, or promotional accounts.
- Tinder would regularly match me with people I never swiped on, meaning the app itself is spamming its users to keep them using their app.
Its important to understand that Tinder operates on algorithms, and throttles your use by providing you a “swipe surge,” and then trickling new accounts to you throughout the day. When using Tinder, users should be aware that approximately 12% of the profiles appearing in swipe surges are fake, paid, or promotional accounts.
Fake User Accounts
As just mentioned, about 12% of Tinder profiles are fake, meaning that the profile presents data that is not true to life.
Certainly, there is some degree of art in composing a profile, and few would present what they feel are the worst qualities of themselves. So mild forms of falsities can be expected. For instance, women think nothing of posting photos of themselves when they were 5 years younger, and/or 5 kg. thinner. (BTW, this poses a constant source of irritation among male users. It’s refreshing to find someone who is authentic.)
In the worst case scenario, the person behind the account is quite different from the person you might imagine while viewing their profile. We might imagine a geeky, bearded programmer at the Tinder office trying to stimulate user interest in order to bump up his commission, or a person of the opposite sex going for an incognito adventure of discovery, or an undercover detective doing demographic research (such as myself). As bad as this might be, it doesn’t even touch on the next level of deception, such as cosmetic surgeries, or gender reassignments.
For example, Tinder matched me with a high number of Eastern Europeans and Russians of significantly better quality. I suspected that these accounts were fake accounts designated to attract messages and attention. I imagine they were probably formed by lonely, post-wall spinsters seeking affirmation, or a Gamma incel who’s just messing with people for the ћǝll of it.
Better quality profiles entice users to continue using the app, but the person behind these accounts is not “available” for selection. For this reason, such accounts are misleading and deceptive.
At first, I recorded the data for fake accounts, but after I became more familiar with the app, and was better able to identify them, I skipped these profiles instead, meaning they weren’t evaluated at all.
Some indicators for identifying a fake account are as follows.
- The quality of the photos and text are a cut above the others, as mentioned in the previous section.
- Seeing the same person in several different locales.
- There are images of the same person in two different account profiles, possibly using different names. Even if we assume the photos represent a real person it makes you wonder why they would need two accounts.
- Photographs that are incongruent with the self-descriptions. For example, a person who describes herself as someone who “does not drink/smoke”, but who has a photo of herself holding a beer/cigarette at a party. Another example is a person who identifies as “single, never married”, but who is wearing a wedding band in a photo.
While thinking about how I would phrase my conclusions, I realized that nearly every person I came across indicated in some way they wanted to be entertained. I can’t pretend to have insight into why so many women posted photos of themselves in raucous party or nightclub environments, but I believe the simplest explanation is that these profiles attempted to signal their social standing by showing how much fun they were.
While these party photos do show they have fun and have friends, they also reveal a lack of responsibility and high-maintenance lifestyle. Red Pill men like to say that women see what they want in men, and try to be that themselves. I believe this is true when it comes to the pictures women use on online profiles.
Women do not initiate conversations with men on this app. Normally, this is a sign of femininity and traditional roles. However, the girls who expect men to initiate conversations on Tinder aren’t exactly feminine or traditional. Quite the opposite, actually. To me, I do not see this as some form of coy virtue signaling, but the action of a narcissist who expects men to entertain them by operating within their Frame.
From a comprehensive view of this study of Tinder users, it is obvious that Tinder has the following defacto purposes.
- It is predominantly an internet forum serving the hookup culture.
- It serves as an outlet for various forms of internet prostitution, such as Instagram wh0ring, escort services, sugar babies, and others.
If you’re just looking for wimmin who are DTF, you’ll find a smorgaswhoard on Tinder, provided that you’d be willing to settle for the quality. But if you’re looking for a credible LTR mate, Tinder is a waste of time.
Due to the widespread popularity of Tinder, I recommend husbands currently being frivorced and/or attorneys in custody battles to create an account (each time they need to use it for their client), to see if the other person is on Tinder (or other dating apps), and what type of behavior that person is exhibiting or participating in. If more attorneys did this, fewer skanky mothers would have custody, and fewer cucked dads would be paying a court ordered child support to post-wall party pros who leave the kids at home. Perhaps this might be the best use of Tinder (and similar apps). The internet lives forever you know.
- Σ Frame: Analysis of People on Dating Sites (2014 October 8)
- Σ Frame: DTF Cupid (2017 December 17)
- Cave Man Circus: Guy Made A Tinder Experiment To Show How Women Respond To Creepy Messages From A Hot Guy (2019 April 3)
- The Other McCain: Insta-Whores (2019 April 30)