Online dating clearly seems to be a corporate success, and a social phenomenon, but is it safe?
Are there core similarities between the psychology of attraction in online and traditional dating?
Some reports note that the average online dating site user spends 90 minutes per day on a dating app.
In, 38% of singles in a nationwide American survey admitted that they had used online dating, with 1/3 of respondents arguing that their schedule made it difficult to meet someone through traditional methods and 1/4 of users stating that they were online dating in search for a fling, as opposed to a serious relationship.
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.
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.There are now believed to be over 3 billion internet users worldwide, according to a World Internet User Statistics report, with more than 80% of these users accessing the internet via a smartphone.The popular dating app, Bumble, has close to 40 million users worldwide and claims that it has led to 15,000 marriages.Or does technology affect what qualities are perceived as important in a partner?Is online dating less like a ‘natural’ and ‘authentic’ interaction?
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”.