Working hard or hardly working?
Have you ever sat at your desk and furtively swiped away on Tinder? Join the club.
New data, compiled by enterprise mobile security and data management firm Wandera, shows that we may look busy at our desks but sometimes we’re just focused on getting busy. The company looked at work-issued devices and found that dating app usage has grown by 69 percent (heh, heh) in the past year.
The average workday swiping session lasts seven minutes and 51 seconds, and people usually log on to a dating app between five and six times each week. It works out that, if you’ve got dating apps on your work phone, you’re spending about 47 minutes a week using them. That’s really not that bad, all things considered. Though of course people may be using dating apps on their personal devices at the same time.
The most common time to swipe at work? 11:23 a.m. No harm in having a look around while you enjoy your mid-morning coffee. During off hours, people are still browsing on their work phones. Grindr usage peaks at 11:55 p.m., Tinder at 7:01 p.m., and Match at 5:20 p.m. (hello, early bird special).
Interestingly, only 1.8 percent of corporate phones had one of the major dating apps installed — perhaps a sign that people prefer to keep their private lives private.
Of those who did look for hookups on work phones, their preferred app by far was Bumble. Wandera calculated this by how much data each app used per day, and for Bumble that number was 18 MB. Tinder was next with 6 MB, followed by Grindr at nearly 5 MB. After that it was Plenty of Fish (4 MB), Inner Circle (3 MB), OKCupid (just shy of 3 MB), and Match (a hair under 2 MB).
The love-work balance is a tricky one, and using your work devices isn’t always the smart move. Fortunately for those who can’t just sit at their desks all day and swipe around on their phones, Tinder has your back. Their new desktop interface makes surreptitious searching far easier. (And obviously that was always an option on Match, OKCupid, and other longtime dating sites.)
But no matter how you log on, if you’re poking around Bumble or Tinder during that interminable sales meeting, you’re certainly not the only one.