When you consider that the average American works eight hours a day, normally from nine to five, it makes sense that single employees may take a break from their painfully plain excel spreadsheets to survey the singles landscape on their phone. You know, just to see what’s out there.
Mobile security and data management firm Wandera has recently used data from people’s work-issued phones to find out just how often curious singles choose to take a peek at our phones for personal reasons. The collected data found that dating app usage at work has spiked by 69 percent in the past year, much of which is probably taking place during meetings they should in which they should be paying ttention.
According to this new data, the average employee with dating apps on their phones will spend a total of seven minutes and 51 seconds on the app each day, about five and six times each week. On average, this amounts to almost an hour a week, which isn’t much. Three in 10 smokers spend more than an hour of each work day smoking, according to an a survey of 500 by an electronic e-cigarette retailer in the UK.
The most popular time of day to swipe was just before lunch, around 11:23, with Match being the most popular app on American phones, followed by Tinder and (why, God, why!) Plenty of Fish. Researchers found that while Match was the most downloaded app, Bumble was used most among working singles, using triple the amount of data as its closest competitor. Second place was Tinder, then Grindr.
Thursday proved the most popular day of the week for dating app usage, probably to secure a date over the weekend. If after this study you’ve determined that you don’t want to use your work-issued device to enrich your own love life, Tinder recently announced a desktop version of their celebrated app, Tinder Online, so you could always use that and minimize the screen when your supervisor treds by. Or, you know, you could not spend the hours you’re being paid to work to snag a date. But where’s the fun in that?