Women are more mentally vulnerable on dating apps
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Nov 5, 2020
Women are more mentally vulnerable on dating apps

While dating apps have brought joy and escape to many during the pandemic, a study has found that the experience of using them can vary greatly between men and women. As app downloads surge, there’s space for platforms to play a more supportive role for women and vulnerable users.

The study Depression, social anxiety, and use of mobile dating apps was conducted by researchers at Ryerson University. Observing gender differences in dating app usage, they found that, among women, increased usage of dating apps like Tinder was positively associated with symptoms of depression and social anxiety. However, this finding was not observed in men. Rather, the more men experienced social anxiety or depression, the less likely they were to make the first move on a dating app. "With increased symptoms of social anxiety and depression, women may be even more likely to turn to technology for social connection, especially if alternative forms of social contact are reduced due to social avoidance," says Martin Antony, one of the co-authors of the study.