Study: Dating sites reduce the chance of finding love

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Study: Dating sites reduce the chance of finding love

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You no longer have to hope that you will bump into your big love at the freezer in the supermarket or wonder if that trained man in the gym is still is not busy, you can simply scroll on your phone through hundreds, if not thousands of bachelors. And yet: research does not increase your chance of finding love.

Since the rise of online dating, there have been more singles. In short, it comes down to people becoming more critical because of the large number of choices. Two psychologists from Tilburg University published three studies in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science about the paradox of modern love. They declare: "The endless stream of profiles on the apps leads to general dissatisfaction and makes people more pessimistic about their chances, making them increasingly reject options."

The abundance of options is paralyzing. That is the case with 30 types of mayonnaise in the supermarket and that is the case with online dating. The psychologists, for example, had a thousand volunteers choose from 45 or 90 photos of bachelors. What turned out to be? The more choice the participants had, the less likely they were to give someone a chance. As the test subjects were shown more photos, they started rejecting more and more. This makes people gloomy and dissatisfied.

The researchers therefore advise you to limit your number of choices by taking breaks, for example. "A good idea," responds relationship therapist Rika Ponnet. “In my practice I have had the impression for a long time that anyone looking for a partner online becomes hypercritical and dismissive. This research, which is very solid, confirms our experiences. "

Source (s): HLN