Internet dating addiction research

22 Oct

The next thing you know, two hours or more have passed by, and all your previous obligations are now on the backburner. Set aside an hour a day maximum for online dating, and then go back to living the life you should be living.

After all, what is the point of trying to find someone if you no longer have a life of your own? By the time one of your dates roll around, you can barely even remember which girl you are talking to or what her interests are.

If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.

With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.

Matchmaking has always been a part of cultures around the world.

Most matchmaking people experience is done through family and friends…

Interestingly, more than 15% of adults say that they have used either mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past.

Online dating services are now the second most popular way to meet a partner.

Although 94% deny their internet dating profiles contain any fibs (Gibbs et al., 2006), psychologists are a suspicious lot. (2008) measured the heights and weights of 80 internet daters, as well as checking their driving licences for their real age.

When this data was compared with their profiles, it showed that nine out of ten had lied on at least one of the attributes measured, but the lies were only small ones.

The most frequent offender was weight, with daters either adding or shaving off an average of 5%.

Believe the internet dating companies and it’s all sweetness and light, with wedding bells ringing in the distance; believe the media scare stories and it’s all lying, cheating, perverted social misfits. Fortunately, now there’s enough research to suggest what’s really going on.

So, here are my 10 favourite psychological insights on internet dating.