By Dr Angela F. Arnold MD and John Arnold
Today’s culture has made communication between people, even over great distances, easier than ever.
Living within this highly interconnected and social culture, people from all walks of life can like, comment, follow friends, family, celebrities, and even follow news stories in real time.
Smart cellular devices, tucked away in the hands of professionals and toddlers, have given us access to a virtual world that has radically revolutionized the way we, as individuals, communicate and bond with other people. that we encounter in this digital landscape.
It is not surprising, though disturbing, that more and more people today find themselves using online dating apps to pursue various relationships. With the advent of social media, the transition from a simple interaction to an online dating was natural.
Today, more than 30% of adults in the United States report having used online dating apps1; over 50 million people around the world have a Tinder account.
While this is a seemingly convenient way to date, or even just ‘Netflix and chill’, these apps have introduced a host of new issues for healthy dating, including identity theft, online harassment. online, scams and even the risk of physical danger and addiction.
Dating apps force users to create dating profiles for other users in order to gauge their initial interest: but the majority of these online daters say it’s common for other users to come forward with a fake day to appear more desirable. This feeling of dishonesty is well founded because there are no regulations preventing sexual predators from creating false profiles.
Some may say that in such cases people are just trying to do their best and not intentionally misrepresenting themselves, and yet a pervasive sense of dishonesty and a lack of consistent policies governing these dating platforms can make them dangerous and plagued with bad intentions.
There is no complete guarantee that the person you are talking to on the other end of a digital screen is who they say they are, and yet dating apps can affect neurochemical changes in the brain and become addictive. .
This era of digital communication is literally reshaping the geography of our brains: as users continue to use their online dating profiles, even with the conscious recognition of the dangers they pose, the endorphin rush associated with dating. online makes our brains feel good and induces a chemical high.
There is a growing association between anxiety and depression and the extent to which a person uses their dating profile. The biggest irony of all this interconnected social media culture is that dating apps can exacerbate feelings of loneliness. So, in the midst of high lows and endorphin rushes, our emotional landscapes have discerned the shallow, golden nature of online dating platforms.
It is of great importance that we are faced with the dark underbelly of online dating, and even social media in general, as the ease of access to the internet allows strangers to use anonymity as their best tool. arsenal when they seek to harm others.
Can you be sure that the person you swipe right on is the one you expect from them? How should we revive traditional and personal forms of interaction when our brain’s neurochemical environment has been reshaped to chemically reward ourselves through online interactions?
Online dating is simply a product of the times we live in, but its impact on the emotional and mental well-being of all who participate is severe and threatens to dismantle our most natural and humane ways of dating. interaction and bonding. with the others.
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