Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say Posted: Alcohol-induced courage and a steep bar tab later, singles were on top of their game or it was "game over" -- until the next weekend.
Technology has saved singles from all that. With smartphones, we can now carry millions of potential love interests in our pockets. The next person is just a few swipes, clicks or texts away. Dating apps are only growing in popularity, with no sign of slowing.
According to Tinder, the app generates 1. Hook-up culture on Tinder isn't what it used to be, either. Short-term sexual relationships over one-night stands seem to be what users crave, according to a new study published by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
With more and more users whose desires are shifting, the stigma of finding a mate online is lessening. But is all this easy dating making us happier? Rejection is real, even online You send a message to a match that goes unanswered. You swipe right and never have it reciprocated. You go on a date, only to be "ghosted" afterward.
Rejection hurts, and not just metaphorically. Being turned down stimulates the same part of the brain that processes physical pain, according to a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Basically, our brains can't tell the difference between a broken heart and a broken bone. Instead of one rejection at a bar on a Saturday night, the popularity of online dating gives users many more opportunities to feel rejected faster. Swiping and self-esteem The popularity of online dating may also affect how we perceive ourselves, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Body Image.
About 1, mostly college-age students were asked about their Tinder use, body image and self-esteem. The study found that men and women who use the app appear to have lower self-esteem than those who don't. Age of tech addiction Five dating apps -- Tinder, Bumble, Match, Plenty Of Fish and Zoosk -- rank in the top 50 highest-grossing social apps in the Apple Store, with Tinder becoming the overall top-grossing app in September thanks to Tinder Gold, a paid "add-on" of premium features.
But as dating apps gain popularity and profitability, is there a greater cost in convenience over well-being? Although the survey wasn't scientific, the results were revealing. Researchers surveyed university students about their mental health, cell phone and internet use, and motivations for using electronic devices.