One in five matches on Tinder are LGBTQ+

One in five matches made on Tinder are queer, according to a report from the app.

To celebrate Pride, and to mark one year of their Orientation feature, which allows users to list how they identify their sexuality, Tinder has analysed a load of behavioural data to form a study into how younger people are dating.

The team at the dating app wanted to look specifically at how Gen Z – that’s 18 to 25 year olds – are interacting in the world of love and sex.

Alongside looking at how people use the app, Tinder also commissioned a survey of 3,453 18-25 year olds.

They found that Gen Z – the age group that makes up the majority of Tinder’s members – were the most likely to use the Orientations feature, are more likely to include a sexual orientation on their profile, and are more likely to include more than one orientation – such as ticking ‘demisexual’ as well as ‘gay’.

The Orientation feature allows people to select up to three of nine orientations: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer and questioning.

A rising orientation selection among this age range was found to be the combination of questioning and straight, suggesting that people are using the app as a way to test out the boundaries of how they identify.

Gen Z were also found to be more open to dating different genders than Tinder users were just three years ago, with one in three saying they would be open to expanding their gender preferences for matches.

One fifth also said they would be open to trying polyamory.

In terms of personality, the key characteristics for this age group are authenticity, humour, and politeness. Interesting.

As part of their announcement of the report’s findings, Tinder also stated the app will expand its More Genders features globally in the coming months, allowing users to identify from more than 30+ genders – which, again, is more likely to be used by Gen Z than millennials.

Elie Seidman, the CEO of Tinder, said: ‘At Tinder, we believe everyone deserves to feel seen, which starts with the ability to authentically be yourself. That’s why we introduced both the Orientation and More Genders features.

‘Our younger members, Gen Z, are leading the way to a more inclusive world and we know that with our scale, we can help make a difference with our product. We can’t wait to release these features to more people around the world.’