The psychology of cyber dating

02-Jul-2020 00:18

Consequently, perhaps dating apps can inflate an individuals ego and thirst for compliments, whilst emphasising appearance over personality, subsequently, fuelling into our sense of vanity and unrealistic desires.Becoming too caught up in our physical appearance can potentially lead to insecurities, anxiety and other mental health issues that have become increasingly common amongst today’s youth.Studies have found that around 50% of matches on Tinder do not message back, which would explain this feeling of rejection that many users have after being constantly ignored or effectively, ‘disliked’, leading to a feeling of demoralisation, and a lack of confidence in trying again.This casual and disposable way in which we utilise dating apps can also contribute to negative feelings.

The popular dating app, Bumble, has close to 40 million users worldwide and claims that it has led to 15,000 marriages.Trent Petrie, professor of psychology at the University of North Texas seconds this, stating that, “with a focus on appearance and social comparisons, individuals can become overly sensitised to how they look and appear to others and ultimately begin to believe that they fall short of what is expected of them in terms of appearance and attractiveness”.Jessica Strübel Ph D, also of the University of North Texas, conducted a study alongside Petrie, in which, 1,044 women and 273 men, predominantly undergraduate students, were asked to complete questionnaires about their usage of Tinder, their body image, socio-cultural factors, perceived objectification, and psychological well-being.A poll of 200,000 i Phone users by non-profit organisation Time Well Spent discovered that the dating app Grindr, made people feel the most unhappy, with a staggering 77% of users stating that usage made them feel more miserable than all the other dating apps on the market.

Tinder finished in 9th place on the unhappiness ranking.Whilst Generation Y and Z prove to be doing significantly better than their parents were at their age, perhaps as a result of their economic and social climates, the simple fact that their upbringing has coincided with the development of smartphones and social media, has given way to them being attached to more than a few unsavoury stereotypes.

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