Time on Dating Apps vs. Dating In Person
We calculated that the average person spends 540 hours per year on dating apps. Additionally, we calculated that the average person spends 130.13 hours per year dating in-person.
Time Spent on Dating Apps
- As the findings below will show, the average person spends 540 hours per year on dating apps.
- The average amount of time per day a person spends on dating apps is 90 minutes. That data (and the research findings that follow) came from a global survey conducted by Badoo (a dating app company) that polled 370 million people who use dating apps.
- Those 90 minutes per day equate to 2,700 minutes per month on dating apps (which amounts to 45 hours per month; 2,700 / 60 (minutes per hour) = 45).
- Those 45 hours per month equate to 540 hours per year (45 x 12 (months per year)). Therefore, the average person spends 540 hours per year on dating apps.
2. Other Interesting Data
- Men spend an average of 85 minutes per day on dating apps.
- Women spend an average of 79 minutes per day on dating apps.
- The average amount of time per week that millennials spend using dating apps is 10 hours.
- The average number of times that people log-in to dating apps per day is 10.
- On average, a person spends nine minutes on a dating app per log-in.
Time Spent Dating In-Person
- As the findings and calculation below will show, the average person spends 130.13 hours per year dating in-person.
- We were able to triangulate the amount of time people spend dating in-person. We triangulated this data point because we didn't find any pre-compiled, quantitative information about such.
- To triangulate the amount of time people spend dating in-person, we needed to find (1) the average number of dates people go on and (2) the average amount of time spent on a date.
1. Number of Dates
- A survey asked 1,000 now-married Americans about the average number of dates they went on each month prior to getting married.
- More than half (528) of the 1,000 participants "went on between one and five dates per month." That equates to an average of 36 dates per year (1 + 5 = 6; 6 / 2 (to calculate the average) = 3; 3 x 12 (months) = 36).
- The aforementioned survey also found that 22% went on between "six to 10 dates per month."
- Together, the two aforementioned statistics accounted for 74.8% of the survey participants (22% + 52.8% (528 / 1,000 x 100)). The results from the remaining 26.2% of individuals weren't provided.
A. Calculations for Number of Dates
- Since the percentage of individuals who went on a different numbers of dates varied, we needed to calculate the average number of dates by using the weighted averages of those values. To do so, we used this weighted-average calculator.
- We plugged in two numbers into that calculator. In the first row, the weight we entered was 0.22 (representing the 22% of participants who went on between "six to 10 dates per month") and the data number we entered was eight (the average of the 6-10 date range; 6 + 10 = 16 / 2 = 8). In the second row, the weight we entered was 0.528 (representing the 52.8% of participants who went on "one and five dates per month") and the data number we entered was three (the average of the 1-5 date range; 1 + 5 = 6 / 2 = 3).
- The aforementioned calculation resulted in a weighted average of 4.47. Therefore, according to that calculation, the average American in that survey who went on between one and 10 dates per month (the only participant groups reported and for which we calculated) went on an average of 4.47 dates per month. That equates to an average of 53.64 dates per year among Americans (4.47 x 12).
- An eHarmony survey found that 41 dates is the average number of dates that people go on each year in Australia.
- Since the above findings pertaining to time spent on dating apps was global in scope, we decided to calculate the average number of dates per year based on the data previously stated for both the U.S. and Australia in order to make the time spent dating in-person global in scope as well. That average comes out to 47.32 dates per year (53.64 (average dates per year among Americans) + 41 (average dates per year among Australians) = 94.64 / 2 = 47.32).
2. Time Per Date
- The other data point we needed to triangulate the time people spend dating in-person is the average time spent on one date.
- We found a source that stated the time spent on a date ranges "from 30 minutes to 5 hours." We used the average of that range (2.75 hours) as the data point for our calculation (0.5 (representing 30 minutes) + 5 = 5.5 / 2 = 2.75). We then converted those hours into minutes (2.75 x 60 = 165 minutes).
3. Final Calculation for Time Spent on In-Person Dating
- After calculating the two data points we needed, we entered those values into our formula for calculating the estimated amount of time that people spend dating in-person. That formula is as follows: 165 (average date length in minutes) x 47.32 (average number of dates per year) = 7,807.8 minutes a person spends on in-person dates per year.
- We then converted those minutes into hours (7,807.8 / 60 (minutes per hour) = 130.13).
- Therefore, according to our data-based calculation, the average person spends 130.13 hours per year dating in-person.
To find how much time people spend on dating apps and in-person dating, we first looked for data-based reports and survey results about those two topics. From those searches, we were only able to find publications and articles pertaining to time spent on dating apps. The data we used pertaining to dating apps was from a global survey of 370 million people who use dating apps, thus rendering that data very comprehensive. Though the main findings presented above pertain to people in general, there were also findings specific to certain cohorts, which we also included above due to their direct applicability to this topic.
As was mentioned above, we had to triangulate the estimated amount of time people spend dating in-person because that information was not directly provided in any of the many sources that we reviewed throughout our research. However, we were able to use applicable data and plug those values into our triangulated calculation, in order to arrive at that estimated answer. We converted the data to the same metric (hours per year) so that the findings can be directly contrasted. Examples of sources we consulted throughout our research included Daily Mail, Market Watch, and research findings from Badoo (dating app company), among others.