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In news that isn’t really surprising to me, new studies show that online dating (like social media) lowers self-esteem and increases depression.
A 2017 study in the peer-reviewed journal Body Image with a sample of 1300 college-age students, found that men and women that use Tinder appear to have lower self-esteem than those who don’t. in addition, CNN.com reports that the study said that in general, Tinder users reported less satisfaction with their bodies and looks than non-users.
Match.com released a study in 2017 that showed that one in six singles (15 percent) reported feeling addicted to the online process of dating. Millennials were 125 percent more likely to say they felt addicted to dating.
A 2016 study of 300 university students linked technology addiction to anxiety and depression.
Americans are addicted to our phones and technology and it’s only getting worse as Match.com has more than 7 million paid subscribers, up from 3.4 million in 2014. The increase in users means more are becoming dependent on technology, and that’s just gonna make more people have increased anxiety and depression as they live and die by the Tinder swipe.
As with social media, maybe it’s time Americans swipe left to online dating and spend less time online and give the old traditional way a go: meeting in public on a Friday night for dinner and a movie.
I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.