Dating apps

cropped-photo-copyMy research on dating apps – also known as the project Is There Something Missing? – explores what motivates people to use online dating apps, how they present themselves on these apps and how they choose their matches. It aims to connect with all sorts of people who have one thing in common: they are looking for a connection with someone else and they are using technology to help them.

Key publications:

A dating app autoethnography: Presenting myself as a researcher and user (The Qualitative Report).

The mediation of gay men’s lives: A review of gay dating app studies (Sociology Compass, together with Shangwei Wu).

What are you doing on Tinder? Impression motivation and construction on a matchmaking mobile app (Information, Communication & Society).

Swiping, matching, chatting: Self-presentation and self-disclosure on mobile dating apps (Human IT).

A sign of the times: The dating app photo (In Sign of the Times: Understanding Insignia in a World of Flux, Zeeuws Museum).

Technology’s role in the consumption of love (Human IT).


I’ve given many talks on my research. Here’s one from an event called Match me if you can held at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam (my talk runs from 1:46:30 to 1:59:20).

Media coverage of my research:

20 September 2020: Steeds weer die vlezige lebberlap. Waarom steken mannen op datingapps zo vaak hun tong uit? Volkskrant (Gijs Kast).

August 2018 (print edition): Why Aren’t you Blowing your Own Trumpet? Women’s Health (Georgie Lane-Godfrey, pp. 112-116).

5 April 2018: How I met my lover: hoe Tinder het datelandschap intercultureler maakt. Vice Belgium (Margot Cassiers).

18 April 2017: Janelle Ward on the Complexity of Online Dating. Realities Podcast (Mark Fonseco Rendeiro).

11 February 2017: Keuzestress: de keerzijde van een onbeperkt datingaanbod. Volkskrant (Julien Althuisius).

13 February 2016: Zo maak je het perfecte Tinderprofiel. Volkskrant (Mickey Steijaert).

December 2015: De Kennis van Nu: Het Nieuwe Daten Special. Love me Tinder (Isabelle Poot).

September 2015: Algemeen Dagblad (9-9-2015). Even Vragen Aan “Vrouwen met duck-face niet intelligent.”

September 2015: Metro (3-9-2015). Vijf tips voor het perfecte tinderprofiel (Tahnee van Nispen).

September 2015: Metro (3-9-2015). Studenten op tindertraining voor perfecte profiel (Tahnee van Nispen).