New Study Says Online Dating Can Make You Depressed, Addicted, and Anxious

Relationship development Specialists explain new Study and how people can Utilize dating Programs successfully

50 million Americans have turned to online dating in a search to discover a companion, and near 40 percent of American couples that met in 2017 did so through dating programs and online dating websites. However, new research claims that online dating can be harmful to one’s mental health, and even develop into an addiction.

“The analysis, which was only published from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, states that relationship programs really can harm young people’s mental wellbeing,” states Johnny Dzubak relationship development specialist. “Regrettably, the study demonstrated that individuals with social anxiety and individuals who reported the greatest levels of loneliness were the most likely to be negatively affected by dating programs.”

Dzubak is a host of the popular lifestyle podcast (with over 150M+ downloads) The Art of Charm, together with fellow relationship development pro AJ Harbinger, and the pair both agree they’ve seen many millennials struggle with relationship skills partially as a consequence of relying too heavily on relationship programs.

“It’s ironic that individuals with the most anxiety and the most loneliness are people who experience the unwanted effects of relationship programs,” says Harbinger. “But it is not a surprise. These folks tend to invest a whole lot of their power and self-worth into whether people’swipe directly’ on them, and it may cause a very detrimental effect on their psychological health. They spend so much trying to make the ideal online profile with the most filtered,’perfect’ pictures, and the outcome is they simply push themselves further into a place of isolation and hopelessness.”

So how do daters use dating programs without suffering these unwanted side effects? Here, Harbinger and Dzubak share their best tips for using dating programs successfully:

  1. Have a set rule for when you meet prospective matches. “Do not spend weeks and weeks messaging and texting with a great deal of different people,” says Harbinger. “This could be a real waste of time and energy. Instead, arrange an on site date when possible. This is a significant red flag.”
  2. Remember it is a numbers game. “Dating programs are nice because they provide you with a enormous pool of possible matches, rather than a bar scene where you might only encounter a few available individuals on any given night,” says Dzubak. “Bearing this in mind, do not be afraid to swipe {} who you are a bit hesitant about. Meeting up for coffee is affordable and it’s well worth the time you spend, even if it is not a match, since you will work on real social skills rather than simply combing through Tinder for hours for the perfect woman.”
  3. Set mindful targets. “Instead of just considering hooking up or having fun, place a few straightforward goals for your dating program usage,” states Harbinger. “For example, it can be a fantastic way to work on your social stress and meet new people, as long as you set the intention to use it in this fashion.” “For each dater you ask out online, make a promise to yourself that you will approach 1 person in real life also,” states Dzubak.
  4. Have tech-free time weekly. “Carve out a day or evening each week where you place your phone and notebook away,” says Harbinger. “Create tech-free time a priority and force yourself to escape the home or to really interact with those around you instead of swiping in your mobile phone. The longer you can invest in character rather than nose-deep on your phone, the happier you will be, whether you’re single or not.”

For more on this subject or to talk to relationship development specialists Johnny Dzubak or AJ Harbinger, please contact me.

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