A new study found a positive association between symptoms of anxiety and depression and the extent of dating app use. The research adds more context to our relationship with online dating applications and social media platforms, which are becoming increasingly linked with poorer mental health outcomes.
How does online dating affect mental health?
As people spend more and more time online looking for love, they also become more likely to experience depression and anxiety. For dating apps in particular, the simple fact that you are evaluating other peoples profiles can impact self-esteem and confidence, and make users feel objectified.
How do relationships impact mental health?
Proven links include lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships. Strong, healthy relationships can also help to strengthen your immune system, help you recover from disease, and may even lengthen your life.
Why dating apps are bad for your mental health?
Caroline Harper, Specialist Mental Health Nurse at Bupa UK says that having an unhealthy relationship with dating apps can lead to issues such as stress, low-body image and anxiety. “Rejection can also play a part in dating apps and these can leave you feeling low or anxious.
How do healthy relationships improve mental health?
A healthy, loving relationship is protective against poor mental health, but it can also be a major support to those in treatment for a mental illness. Love and positive social support increase feelings of happiness and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.