Being unlucky in love might have something to do with the way we use our favourite dating apps, according to a clinical psychologist.
If you’ve ever navigated the world of online dating, you’ll know well what a minefield it can be. And even if you haven’t fallen down a scroll rabbit hole while searching for The One yourself, you’ll have heard some horror stories from friends over a glass of wine.
Don’t get me wrong, many people have dating app success stories. Tinder – which has brought together over 55 billion matches since it launched – claims that the success rate for heterosexual women on the app is an impressive 52%. According to Hinge, 72% of meet ups arranged via its app lead to a second date.
So where have the rest of us been going wrong: getting ghosted or sitting through an awkward first date until a socially acceptable amount of time has passed to make excuses and leave?
It might not just be bad luck that’s leaving you in a dating dry spell. According to clinical psychologist Dr Alina Liu, it could actually be the way that many apps are designed that is causing us to be unlucky in love.
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Writing for Psychology Today, Dr Liu explains that the thousands of dating apps on offer have capitalised on dating becoming an “addictive game”.
And it’s true, when we’re spending a lazy Sunday swiping through all the potential partners within a five mile radius, does it not sometimes feel more like an entertaining distraction than a serious quest to meet someone? Read more