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In this photo illustration, the icon for the dating app Tinder is seen on the screen of an iPhone on August 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The co-founders of Tinder and eight other former and current executives of the dating app are suing the service's current owners for at least $2 billion.

The single life ain’t easy, and as new research suggests, people using dating apps are feeling the burnout of bad matches and failed dates.

According to dating app Badoo, 78 percent of daters feel stressed and let down by consistently going on dates with people they feel incompatible with. The Independent reports that on average, the app found that single people are going on six failed dates per year and spending nearly $400 a year on bad dates.

About 31 percent of those surveyed also said they find it difficult to express their intention and what they’re looking for, for fear of what the other person would think of them. Meanwhile, 82 percent of daters surveyed wish they could be more open and honest about their intentions as it would benefit relationships down the line.

Badoo found that many people on dating apps make assumptions based on people’s profiles and gender: 43 percent of women believe people assume they want to settle down, while 49 percent of men feel people assume they’re only looking for something casual.

The findings were gathered from a survey of 1,000 daters conducted in late October.

Natasha Briefel, marketing director at Badoo commented, “Dating is more fun when you’re on the same page. After finding that mismatched intentions are one of daters’ biggest bugbears, we set out to create the antidote.”

As a result of its findings, Badoo launched a new feature making it mandatory for daters to set their intentions from the outset. Briefel said, “The new feature helps daters to find people looking for the same thing as them, and get to what they want, sooner.”