There are now believed to be over 3 billion internet users worldwide, according to a World Internet User Statistics report, with more than 80% of these users accessing the internet via a smartphone.
The popular dating app, Bumble, has close to 40 million users worldwide and claims that it has led to 15,000 marriages.
Overall, Tinder users reported having lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and having lower levels of self-worth than the men and women who did not use Tinder.
Furthermore, this could potentially relate to the fear of frequent and regular rejection that many experience when using dating apps, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
A poll of 200,000 i Phone users by non-profit organisation Time Well Spent discovered that the dating app Grindr, made people feel the most unhappy, with a staggering 77% of users stating that usage made them feel more miserable than all the other dating apps on the market.
Tinder finished in 9th place on the unhappiness ranking.
Psychotherapist, Denise Dunne argues that “there are some difficulties in mental health that arise around the use of dating apps”.
Some reports note that the average online dating site user spends 90 minutes per day on a dating app.
In, 38% of singles in a nationwide American survey admitted that they had used online dating, with 1/3 of respondents arguing that their schedule made it difficult to meet someone through traditional methods and 1/4 of users stating that they were online dating in search for a fling, as opposed to a serious relationship.
This is now normalised and regarded to be a healthy and lighthearted topic of conversation within a friendship group.
Alternatively, however heartwarming it may be to hear of our close friends romantic successes, research suggests that the world of online dating should be entered at caution and taken with a pinch of salt.It often seems as if we are not valuing one another as human beings, with desires and hopes and emotional needs, but as statistics to tally up our match total.