I felt like a lab rat mindlessly chasing its next pellet of food.3.Dating sites can cause major anxiety A recent study in found that phone addiction causes depression and anxiety, and in my experience, online dating addiction has the same effects.And every year, more than 280,000 marry someone they met that way. One survey found that Americans are spending nearly a billion dollars for online dating services.Finally, it's not just for the young and tech savvy.Then, in December of 2015, I decided I would take a break from online dating—and that unlike my previous "breaks," this one would last for more than a few weeks.It's actually ended up lasting a year because after seven months, I met someone—and it was IRL.Research shows it may be just as popular with older adults.
Between the thrill of receiving a notification and the game-like aspect of swiping, I was no longer even making the conscious choice to engage in it.
Those swipes can seriously affect your self-esteem With fewer avenues to receive validation about my attractiveness, I sincerely began to believe my looks had declined (at the tender age of 25, I know).
Of course, nothing about me had changed, so this line of reasoning didn't actually make any sense.
I wondered what was wrong with me that made my dating attempts unsuccessful.
But once dating stopped being such a big part of my life and I wasn't virtually surrounded by people seeking a partner, I began to realize a few years is not a long time at all.