The psychology of cyber dating

She continues that, “they create an atmosphere that psychotherapists would have previously regarded as pathological, and narcissistic”.

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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.

Overall, Tinder users reported having lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and having lower levels of self-worth than the men and women who did not use Tinder.

Furthermore, this could potentially relate to the fear of frequent and regular rejection that many experience when using dating apps, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

And does the nature of these online interactions affect our behaviour and how we behave with one another?

Psychotherapist, Denise Dunne argues that “there are some difficulties in mental health that arise around the use of dating apps”.

Therefore, it’s only understandable that someone tossing away their efforts in earnest will hurt a user.

The whole concept of swiping, can encourage users to feel like a ‘better’ option is going to reveal itself upon the next swipe, leading to dismissal and unrealistic expectations.

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.

Roughly, 10% of the pool reported that they used Tinder, and interestingly, both male and female users reported feeling less satisfaction with their bodies and appearance than non-users.

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