Dating apps like Tinder and Bumble can give you anxiety, says study

Being hooked to mobile dating apps might not be good for your mental well-being.
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Not every prospect on a dating app is safe! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Published: 4 Nov 2020, 07:01 pm IST
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Girl meets the man of her dreams by swiping right and they live happily ever after. This is the world of mobile dating apps. But in this virtual world there is a lot of grey area which is creating problems for the grey matter inside our head. 

If you too are taking the help of a mobile dating app to find love and companionship, then we have some news to share. According to a recent study, depression and social anxiety are linked with the use of mobile dating apps. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Sadly, the study says that women fall prey to these mental health ill-effects of dating apps more

Turns out, women get affected by the social media pressure so much that it starts impacting their mental well being. 

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Too much of anything is bad—especially mobile dating apps. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“With increased symptoms of social anxiety and depression, women may be even more likely to turn to technology for social connection, especially if alternative forms of social contact are reduced due to social avoidance,” stated Martin Antony and co-authors from Ryerson University.

Among men, the greater their social anxiety and depression symptoms, the less likely they were to initiate contact with matches on mobile dating apps.

“With mobile dating apps increasingly figuring into today’s dating landscape, research studies such as Professor Antony’s are vital to understanding their merits as well as their shortcomings,” said Editor-in-Chief Brenda K Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium.

(With inputs from ANI)

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