Forming connections in the digital era:: Tinder, a new tool in young Australian intimate life

Lyndsay Newett, Brendan Churchill, Brady Jay Robards

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Tinder is a location-based smartphone application used by young adults. Advertised as a popular and unique way to forge connections, Tinder’s introduction into intimate life is indicative of increased information and communication technology (ICT) usage within this sphere. While the impact of ICT use within intimate life has been debated, little sociological research has investigated Tinder within this context. This article draws on data from a small scale exploratory study, including surveys (n = 203) and interviews (n = 10), examining the use of Tinder by young Australians (aged 18 to 30) and how use contributes to intimate outcomes. While survey results provide insight regarding engagement with Tinder and its use in intimate life, two key themes – (1) Tinder’s use as an additional tool in intimate life and (2) its perceived impact on ‘connection quality’ – demonstrate Tinder’s role in intimate outcomes. Findings support Jurgenson’s depiction of today’s societies as ones characterised by augmented reality rather than digital dualism.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sociology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2018

Keywords

  • Tinder
  • social media
  • dating
  • survey
  • intimacy
  • digital media
  • youth

Cite this

@article{84d4ea072188437c849a6932720b80ec,
title = "Forming connections in the digital era:: Tinder, a new tool in young Australian intimate life",
abstract = "Tinder is a location-based smartphone application used by young adults. Advertised as a popular and unique way to forge connections, Tinder’s introduction into intimate life is indicative of increased information and communication technology (ICT) usage within this sphere. While the impact of ICT use within intimate life has been debated, little sociological research has investigated Tinder within this context. This article draws on data from a small scale exploratory study, including surveys (n = 203) and interviews (n = 10), examining the use of Tinder by young Australians (aged 18 to 30) and how use contributes to intimate outcomes. While survey results provide insight regarding engagement with Tinder and its use in intimate life, two key themes – (1) Tinder’s use as an additional tool in intimate life and (2) its perceived impact on ‘connection quality’ – demonstrate Tinder’s role in intimate outcomes. Findings support Jurgenson’s depiction of today’s societies as ones characterised by augmented reality rather than digital dualism.",
keywords = "Tinder, social media, dating, survey, intimacy, digital media, youth",
author = "Lyndsay Newett and Brendan Churchill and Robards, {Brady Jay}",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1177/1440783317728584",
language = "English",
journal = "Journal of Sociology",
issn = "1440-7833",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",

}

Forming connections in the digital era: Tinder, a new tool in young Australian intimate life. / Newett, Lyndsay; Churchill, Brendan ; Robards, Brady Jay.

In: Journal of Sociology, 2018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Forming connections in the digital era:

T2 - Journal of Sociology

AU - Newett,Lyndsay

AU - Churchill,Brendan

AU - Robards,Brady Jay

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Tinder is a location-based smartphone application used by young adults. Advertised as a popular and unique way to forge connections, Tinder’s introduction into intimate life is indicative of increased information and communication technology (ICT) usage within this sphere. While the impact of ICT use within intimate life has been debated, little sociological research has investigated Tinder within this context. This article draws on data from a small scale exploratory study, including surveys (n = 203) and interviews (n = 10), examining the use of Tinder by young Australians (aged 18 to 30) and how use contributes to intimate outcomes. While survey results provide insight regarding engagement with Tinder and its use in intimate life, two key themes – (1) Tinder’s use as an additional tool in intimate life and (2) its perceived impact on ‘connection quality’ – demonstrate Tinder’s role in intimate outcomes. Findings support Jurgenson’s depiction of today’s societies as ones characterised by augmented reality rather than digital dualism.

AB - Tinder is a location-based smartphone application used by young adults. Advertised as a popular and unique way to forge connections, Tinder’s introduction into intimate life is indicative of increased information and communication technology (ICT) usage within this sphere. While the impact of ICT use within intimate life has been debated, little sociological research has investigated Tinder within this context. This article draws on data from a small scale exploratory study, including surveys (n = 203) and interviews (n = 10), examining the use of Tinder by young Australians (aged 18 to 30) and how use contributes to intimate outcomes. While survey results provide insight regarding engagement with Tinder and its use in intimate life, two key themes – (1) Tinder’s use as an additional tool in intimate life and (2) its perceived impact on ‘connection quality’ – demonstrate Tinder’s role in intimate outcomes. Findings support Jurgenson’s depiction of today’s societies as ones characterised by augmented reality rather than digital dualism.

KW - Tinder

KW - social media

KW - dating

KW - survey

KW - intimacy

KW - digital media

KW - youth

U2 - 10.1177/1440783317728584

DO - 10.1177/1440783317728584

M3 - Article

JO - Journal of Sociology

JF - Journal of Sociology

SN - 1440-7833

ER -