Survey: Nearly 70 percent of single men, women use dating apps during work
Valentine's Day is still some months away, but that doesn't mean love isn't in the air – even at work.
According to a new survey from dating website Plenty of Fish, nearly 70 percent of single men and women are using dating apps during the workday. Yet, 60 percent of people call this practice inappropriate, according to the survey. Plenty of Fish surveyed 3,000 people all over the U.S.
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In all the age groups surveyed, the highest percentage of people spend between five and 10 minutes on dating apps at work. This was the case for 39.3 percent of 21- to 25-year-olds, 33.6 percent of 26- to 30-year-olds and 32.5 percent of 31- to 35-year-olds. When broken down by gender, 34.1 percent of men say they spend five to 10 minutes on dating apps at work compared to 43.1 percent of women.
Among the survey's other findings: Half of the people surveyed claim to have flirted with a co-worker via instant messenger or email; 40 percent say they dated one of their co-workers; almost 40 percent say they have sexted at work; 55 percent have discussed their love lives with one of their co-workers; and nearly 70 percent have given relationship advice.
Starting a relationship with a co-worker has its drawbacks, of course. You should keep office politics and hierarchy in mind, not to mention be cautious in the early stages and when you decide to tell people. If you're dating your boss, that presents another layer of complications. And if the relationship ultimately doesn't work out, try and get some distance, talk out your feelings and move on as best you can.
That said, who knows? Maybe you're staring at the Jim to your Pam – or they're just a swipe away.