People who use location-based dating apps may take more health risks

Tinder can be a risky game.

People who use the popular dating app to meet people are likely to take more health risks than those who don’t use these apps. They also have “lower sexual disgust” sensitivity than non-users, meaning they have less inhibitions or feelings of taboo in relation to casual sex, a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Evolutionary Psychological Science found.

“Although casual sex is a big incentive to use Tinder, it contains risks,” the authors wrote. They interviewed 182 Tinder users. “Having an intimate interpersonal contact with someone who you have minimal information about leaves the individual vulnerable to risks like unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and mating with a genetically incompatible mate.”

Men were slightly more likely than women to use Tinder to engage in sexually risky behavior, the study found. The research was an off-shoot of a