Can Dating Apps Cause Emotional Problems?

If you are already in a strong relationship, you probably also understand that building and maintaining a good relationship takes a lot more than a right swipe on a dating app. But there are many out there who don’t understand that relying heavily on these apps can also lead to emotional problems.

How Dating Apps Cause Emotional Problems

Technology has taken over most aspects of our life, including relationships. From asking out the cute girl sitting next to you in class or being set up by friends, many relationships today start on a smartphone.

While these apps may provide abundant options for meaningful relationships and potential life partners, there is always the fear of rejection. Especially when the apps make connections based on photographs of users.

There might be many success stories that have come out from app-based dating, but on the flip side, there are many others who have only faced rejections, which in turn could lead to emotional disorders like anxiety and depression.

Along with varying degrees of depression, many dating-app users also feel lonely and unattractive. The constant rejection is said to cause a severe drop in self-esteem, which is another contributor to depression.

From body image issues to feeling completely unworthy of finding love, dating-app users face different mental and emotional issues. A study conducted by the University of North Texas found that many male users reported feeling less confident and satisfied with their looks.

This is often fueled by facing continuous rejections and even by being stood up by a potential date. These add to a person’s self-doubt and can push the individual to the brink of an emotional breakdown.

While emotional disorders are bad enough, studies have shown that at least 28 percent of dating-app users face some form of harassment, in the form of nasty messages or physical threats.

All these problems together can be emotionally draining and often force individuals to give up on dating and relationships. Is there a solution?

Use Dating-Apps More Efficiently

Experts say that while dating apps may not change the way they work, users could change the way they use them. Understand that these are apps that work on a software and are not actual relationship experts who pick your soulmate for you.

Also, the statement that too much of anything is bad for you applies to these dating apps too. Learn to use them in moderation, be mindful, focus on the present and if one date isn’t successful, think about how you could have a better second date instead of reaching for the phone to swipe right on the next person.

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