If the hundreds of dating stories circulating the Internet are to be believed, it's a hard world out there for Tinder users -- especially because not everyone is who they claim to be.
A BBC report sourced from GlobalWebIndex's survey of 621 Tinder users found 30 percent of them were already married and 12 percent were in relationships.
Whether these users are couples seeking third parties for adventurous nights or spouses hoping to pick up "side pieces," they aren't technically part of the 20-something dating scene.
While the news might be shocking for some singletons, Tinder has always advertised itself as more than a dating pool.
According to its quippy app store description, the free service is "a fun way to connect with new and interesting people around you." New, interesting.... and potentially married.
A Tinder spokesperson reiterated the point to the BBC, explaining,
It's also difficult to decipher how accurately the Tinder user base is actually represented in the GlobalWebIndex survey.
According to a 2014 estimate by The New York Times, the app boasts about 50 million users in total.
Don't get too concerned about married scam artists, but stay on your guard.
A free dating app is a powerful tool for someone to create any persona -- even a single one.