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Dating Apps and Depression

Dating Apps and Depression

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A recent survey suggests that around half of 16-34 year old's are using 'quick-fix' dating apps, such as Tinder and Chappy. Half of this percentage again will have started using the sites before the age of 21. So what affect is this having on mental health?

Speaking to BBC Radio One Newsbeat, relationship psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree said: "When we match it's almost like a little dopamine hit - it lights up the pleasure sensor in our brain so it can be quite addictive." She goes on to explain that this leads to heightened feelings of rejection, which is a cause of depression.

It stands to reason that our phone obsession is having a detrimental impact on mental health. Just yesterday the Telegraph ran an article highlighting some of the issues surrounding smart phone addiction. According to a recent report by Ofcom, 54% of people admitted that their phone use interrupted face-to-face conversations with friends and family. This is cutting people off from having real connections with real people, a vital skill when it comes to meeting potential dates.

It's time we all made a concerted effort to put down our phones more and engage with the world around us. And maybe we might actually catch a person's eye, or notice someone sat alone in a bar with whom to strike up a conversation; and who knows where these moments of real world connections could lead?

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