Is “Swiping Right” Affecting Mental Health?
While 59% of its users report that ‘swipe right” dating apps are a “good way to meet people”, many users are also reporting that apps such as Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr are having a negative effect on their mental health and self-worth. Users report issues related to self confidence, body image, and overall happiness. According to Time Well Spent, Grindr is the #1 app from which users report feelings of unhappiness.
Is there a way to combat the negative impact these apps can have on one’s mental health? Time interviewed Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, who suggests limiting time spent swiping in order to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed with options. Another suggestion to combat negative feelings is to approach dating apps with realistic expectations. Many people do not act the same as they do online – being aware of these behaviors can potentially help combat the negative feelings and overall unhappiness people feel regarding the interactions they encounter through the “swipe right” apps.
Healthy Future’s provides programs to help young people understand how to navigate relationships. By giving them the opportunity to practice relationship role-playing scenarios and engage in discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships, HFTX hopes to leave youth with the tools they need to make responsible social and emotional decisions.