Connecting with potential love interests online can be fun and exciting for young people but it can also come with potential risks. We explore what these risks are and what you and your teen should look out for to stay safe. Are young people equipped to deal with risks of online dating? Consequences of sexting.
Effects of Online Dating
Do Dating-Apps Affect Relationship Decision Making?
There's no question that more and more of us are spending huge portions of our time online and being the social creatures that we are, we naturally develop online relationships in much the same way as we would offline. We may have gone out purposely to find the love of our lives on an online dating or chat website, or maybe we have developed a social network of friends quite by chance through our online interactions. Whatever we are doing online and our reasons for doing it, it is inevitable that we will encounter difficulties, as well as positives in our online relationships. For anyone that has spent time online it becomes apparent that our online relationships can be sublime and they can also be very tricky.
The Impact of Social Media on Online Dating
When Tinder became available to all smartphone users in , it ushered in a new era in the history of romance. It aimed to give readers the backstory on marrying couples and, in the meantime, to explore how romance was changing with the times. But in , seven of the 53 couples profiled in the Vows column met on dating apps. The year before, 71 couples whose weddings were announced by the Times met on dating apps. Dating apps originated in the gay community; Grindr and Scruff, which helped single men link up by searching for other active users within a specific geographic radius, launched in and , respectively.
Social anxiety disorder SAD is a common psychological disorder, and it can affect dating and intimate relationships in many different ways. In a study of adolescents, fear of negative evaluation FNE , one aspect of social anxiety in which you're afraid of being perceived negatively, was found to significantly predict male dating aggression. Researchers observed both physical aggression slapping, use of a weapon, forced sex and psychological aggression slamming doors, insulting, or refusing to talk to a partner. It's thought that in this case, the "fight or flight" response may reflect this aggressive tendency.