Concerns about a potential change in relationship dynamics have been posed as dating apps have grown in popularity. Many who have concerns about online dating are concerned that these forms of online-driven unions would be able to last as long as more conventional relationships that began in the physical world.

Depending on your experiences, finding love in the digital age can be overwhelming but also enjoyable. Most of your contacts, however, will not be the jackpot due to the sheer number of options available that you must sift through.

Benefits of Dating Apps:

  • It is easy to use. An individual looking for love, regardless of racial, social, or economic context, only needs internet access to build an account and begin searching for the right person. However, this unlimited access carries a risk, which will be addressed further down.
  • Convenience is essential. It takes time and commitment to find the right guy. The benefit of using online dating apps is that you can use them wherever you are, no matter what you’re doing. Swipe as much as you like while binge-watching your favorite show or movie, or while lounging in bed in your pajamas.
    With dating apps, you can avoid wasting time and money on cab fares, roses, and lavish dinners for people who only seem to be a good match on paper.
  • It is easy to get to. An individual looking for love, regardless of ethnicity, social class, or economic status, only requires access to the internet to build an account and begin searching for the right person. However, this unlimited access comes with a risk, which will be addressed later.
  • Ideal for people who are shy. People who are prone to panic and anxiety attacks when meeting and dating new people will now avoid these uncomfortable circumstances. Shy people are still the underdogs in the dating world, unable to confidently convey themselves to their ideal dates.

 

The Drawbacks of Dating Apps:

  • Bullies and cybercriminals can make you a target. Cyberattacks may take several forms, and once you’ve been victimized by cybercriminals, some dating apps can expose you to unusual transactions. These individuals are attempting to obtain your personal and financial information in order to profit from it. They can try to obtain personal videos and photos of you and then bribe you into paying money before deleting the information.
  • Catfishing is a danger. Since there is no need to meet in person during the getting-to-know-you period, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the opportunity to build fake profiles in order to entice unsuspecting love matches into a network of shady transactions.
  • Interaction becomes less ‘personal.’ And video calls, on-screen communications are less personal than meeting face-to-face. Personal conversations encourage you to read the other person’s body language, making it easier to determine whether they are lying or are uncomfortable. Relationships need trust and integrity to survive and develop, and a link that doesn’t go beyond the digital realm could lead to a potentially shaky marriage.