How swipe-based dating apps are impacting your mental health

How swipe-based dating apps are impacting your mental health

Tracking the “evolution of online dating,” we learn that it actually started back in 1995 with the launch of Match.

Since then, swipe-based dating apps have taken over the online dating scene. These apps are a platform for individuals to interact and form romantic/sexual connections before meeting face to face with potential partners. What sets them apart from other online dating apps is the feature of “swiping” on the screen to either accept or reject another user’s profile. Some of the most common apps that use this method are Tinder, Bumble, Happn, and OkCupid.

Many people who use swipe-based dating apps report feeling psychological distress and depressive symptoms. Image by Odua Images on Shutterstock

Research by Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney has linked the experience of swipe-based dating apps to higher rates of psychological distress and/or depression. Continue reading « How swipe-based dating apps are impacting your mental health »