Despite the bad rep online dating once had, society has embraced this path to love, with 15 percent of U. adults reporting they've used dating apps or websites as of 2016.And we've all heard the success stories—even famous people have found love online.
“People who self-described as having really addictive-style behaviors toward the internet and cellphones scored much higher on depression and anxiety scales,” said University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, who conducted a study in 2016 that linked technology addiction to anxiety and depression.
The data for same-sex couples shows a much more drastic and persistent spike in successful use of online dating: up to 70 percent of these relationships start online, a number that has climbed steadily since the inception of Match.com, a pioneer in 1995.
Online dating is by far the most popular way for couples in this demographic to meet.
Almost one in six singles (15 percent) reported feeling addicted to the online process of looking for a date.
Millennials were 125 percent more likely to say that they feel addicted to dating.