Dating apps: Tinder, Chappy and Bumble ‘least preferred’ way to meet people

Dating apps are the least preferred way to meet someone new – despite around half of 16-34-year-olds using them, a Radio 1 Newsbeat survey suggests.
Almost a third of those who use apps like Tinder, Chappy and Bumble do so because they’re “too shy” to approach people they meet in person.
It also suggests that almost half of those who use them do so for the first time before they’re 21.
And nearly a third expect to find a “fling or casual relationship” on apps.
More than a quarter of the 2,066 people questioned who use dating apps have formed a long-term relationship or a marriage as a result.
Relationship psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree believes more people are using dating apps because they want an instant fix.
“When we match it’s almost like a little dopamine hit – it lights up the pleasure sensor in our brain so it can be quite addictive,” she explains.
But she says it can also lead to feelings of depression as people are opening themselves up to more rejection.
What does the survey suggest?
Taken from a YouGov survey of 2,066 16-34-year-olds conducted on behalf of BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat during 3 – 10 April 2018.
Twenty-six-year-old Jordan agrees with Madeleine: “Dating apps kicked off a lot of issues with my mental health – with self-doubt and anxiety,” he tells Newsbeat.
“I’ve been on nights out where I’ve found it hard to meet people, so I’ve gone on an app while I’ve been standing on a dance floor.
“It seems to be that they’re platforms where people think they can get away with saying things they wouldn’t say to your face.
“You’re judged for the person you are on screen, not for the person you are, and for me that’s very hard to deal with.”

Source: BBC

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