Technology has made so many things better in our lives. I honestly can’t think about going to the store without using AnyList or jumping in the car for a drive without listening to on-demand podcasts. However, sometimes the technology that we love has downsides we may not have predicted.
A collection of recent studies have shown that online dating lowers self-esteem and also increases depression. Unfortunately, this is also paired with a surge of popularity in online dating. “Five dating apps — Tinder, Bumble, Match, Plenty Of Fish and Zoosk — rank in the top 50 highest-grossing social apps in the Apple Store, with Tinder becoming the overall top-grossing app in September”.
What Should We do as Parents?
One of the trends that we can stop early is the use of social media as a means of social validation. Online dating just amplifies many of the dangers posed by social media because it is tied to a one on one acceptance or rejection of an individual. By limiting our kids connection to social media at younger ages (such as 16 and below) we can limit their desire to find acceptance through it.
If you are a parent of an older teen, you can encourage them to avoid online dating, especially if they have struggled with self-esteem issues or depression in the past.