Online dating can have a deteriorating influence on our mental health. In a world where around 25% of adults face a mental issue, rejection, ghosting or no interest are a major cause for intensifying bad feelings.
Most dating apps rely on the euphoria and dopamine that make us happy when we match with someone — we feel validated and worthy. However, recent dating statistics show that as much as 50% of messages remain unanswered.
Ghosting and rejection on dating apps can cause low self-esteem and problems with the overall well-being of dating app users. Studies confirmed that users begin feeling depersonalized and start developing social anxiety.
Experts warn that people need to develop a set of mechanisms to protect themselves from the bad influence of dating apps. Most of them recommend relying on one’s family and friends, and not dedicating yourself fully to being available on the app.
Research has proven that people can develop strong feelings and a sense of attachment even when they’ve never met the person behind the screen. Despite this, 48% of women and 27% of men report unwanted advances on dating apps.
Psychological abuse, manipulation, and fake profiles are the most common forms of abuse that affect people who date online. This is why dating experts urge users to remain cautious if things look too good to be true, to report problematic behavior, and refrain from sharing sensitive personal information online.