Introduction: Tinder is the most popular and used meeting application for dating. However, its impact on sexual behavior and sexual health has not yet been thoroughly investigated. Objectives: To review the current empirical knowledge on the sexual health and sexual behavior effects related to Tinder use. Methods: A literature review was conducted based on empirical studies published in the last 5 years. A computerized search was performed to identify all relevant studies in PubMed and Google Scholar. The following search terms were used: “Tinder” AND “Sexuality” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Behavior” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Dysfunctions” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Health.” 34 articles fully satisfied the established criteria. Results: We found sociosexuality, that is, sexual activities outside a committed relationship, to be the main predictor for casual sex in the Tinder users. The sexual aims appeared gender-influenced: men used Tinder mostly for casual sex compared with women. With respect to other dating apps, it has been also found that the Tinder use is less related to the risk of sexually transmitted infections. However, specific personality traits related to dark personality (ie, the association of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy) were more frequently reported among male Tinder users. Conclusion: Existing literature concerning Tinder use shows the advantages and disadvantages of this dating technology. Casual sex might be a risk for sexual health, but Tinder users have also been committed to romantic relationships. Moreover, some pathological aspects of personality characterize some Tinder users. From an evolutionary perspective, sociosexuality partially explains the reasons of the Tinder user's interest for casual sex. Finally, this review highlights the need of further studies on Tinder as a new, pivotal virtual place to promote sex education and sexual health.

Sexological aspects related to Tinder use: a comprehensive review of the literature / Ciocca, Giacomo; Robilotta, Antonella; Fontanesi, Lilybeth; Sansone, Andrea; D'Antuono, Laura; Limoncin, Erika; Nimbi, Filippo; Simonelli, Chiara; Di Lorenzo, Giorgio; Siracusano, Alberto; Jannini, Emmanuele A.. - In: SEXUAL MEDICINE REVIEWS. - ISSN 2050-0521. - (2020). [10.1016/j.sxmr.2019.12.004]

Sexological aspects related to Tinder use: a comprehensive review of the literature

Ciocca, Giacomo;Fontanesi, Lilybeth;Sansone, Andrea;Limoncin, Erika;Nimbi, Filippo;Simonelli, Chiara;Siracusano, Alberto;Jannini, Emmanuele A.
2020

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Introduction: Tinder is the most popular and used meeting application for dating. However, its impact on sexual behavior and sexual health has not yet been thoroughly investigated. Objectives: To review the current empirical knowledge on the sexual health and sexual behavior effects related to Tinder use. Methods: A literature review was conducted based on empirical studies published in the last 5 years. A computerized search was performed to identify all relevant studies in PubMed and Google Scholar. The following search terms were used: “Tinder” AND “Sexuality” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Behavior” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Dysfunctions” OR “Tinder” AND “Sexual Health.” 34 articles fully satisfied the established criteria. Results: We found sociosexuality, that is, sexual activities outside a committed relationship, to be the main predictor for casual sex in the Tinder users. The sexual aims appeared gender-influenced: men used Tinder mostly for casual sex compared with women. With respect to other dating apps, it has been also found that the Tinder use is less related to the risk of sexually transmitted infections. However, specific personality traits related to dark personality (ie, the association of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy) were more frequently reported among male Tinder users. Conclusion: Existing literature concerning Tinder use shows the advantages and disadvantages of this dating technology. Casual sex might be a risk for sexual health, but Tinder users have also been committed to romantic relationships. Moreover, some pathological aspects of personality characterize some Tinder users. From an evolutionary perspective, sociosexuality partially explains the reasons of the Tinder user's interest for casual sex. Finally, this review highlights the need of further studies on Tinder as a new, pivotal virtual place to promote sex education and sexual health.
2020
Tinder; sexual health; sexual behavior; psychology; evolutionism
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Sexological aspects related to Tinder use: a comprehensive review of the literature / Ciocca, Giacomo; Robilotta, Antonella; Fontanesi, Lilybeth; Sansone, Andrea; D'Antuono, Laura; Limoncin, Erika; Nimbi, Filippo; Simonelli, Chiara; Di Lorenzo, Giorgio; Siracusano, Alberto; Jannini, Emmanuele A.. - In: SEXUAL MEDICINE REVIEWS. - ISSN 2050-0521. - (2020). [10.1016/j.sxmr.2019.12.004]
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