A new survey from dating app Tinder has found that 80 percent of LGBT+ people believe dating apps have benefited their community in a positive way.
The survey—which is released today to mark the 50th anniversary of Pride—was conducted among 1,000 LGBT+ people in the UK.
Of the 80 percent of people who said that dating apps had a positive impact on their community, 46 percent said it had provided more diversity in people they could date. 36 percent said it had provided them with the opportunity to date more people of other races and cultures.
Tinder survey suggests that LGBT+ people are feeling increasingly accepted by society
Meanwhile, the survey also found that 82 percent of LGBT+ adults believe there is less stigma attached to their identity than there was five years ago.
It also revealed that 38 percent of LGBT+ adults did not formally come out, and 40 percent of LGBT+ adults said coming out had become less important due to normalisation.
Of the 80 percent of people who said that dating apps had a positive impact on their community, 46 percent said it had provided more diversity in people they could date.
43 percent of LGBT+ adults said it was important that people they date be involved and interested in community issues. They also polled LGBT+ people on what issues they felt were most impacting their community today, with bullying, youth suicide and transgender rights appearing as the biggest issues.
The survey also revealed that more LGBT+ people are comfortable with public displays of affection than before. 67 percent said they would be comfortable hugging on a date. 57 percent said they would be comfortable holding hands and 44 percent were comfortable with kissing in public. 64 percent of LGBT+ women were comfortable holding hands in public with a partner, compared to 51 percent of men.
Elsewhere, the survey found that 55 percent of LGBT+ adults don’t see race or ethnicity as important when it comes to dating, compared to 15 percent who said it is.
A study released last year found that Tinder users have similar sex lives to those who don’t use dating apps
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Technology asked 641 19-29 year olds to complete a questionnaire about their sex lives and app usage during their lecture breaks.
The data revealed that dating app users “don’t have more casual sexual partners than others with the same short-term preference.”
The survey also revealed that women tend to spend longer on the apps and are morel likely to make a considered effort with their matches. However, men cited short-term hook-ups as their main reason for using Tinder.