I once heard a married friend say that dating apps were both a gift and a curse during his time as a bachelor. According to my friend, who sort of wanted to settle down but was quite picky during his single days, dating sites simply gave him too many options. Anytime a woman showed anything that even resembled a red flag or something he didn’t like, he’d cut her off with the quickness. There was no incentive for him to put in the work with anyone because he could simply sign into his dating app of choice and find more women to date. For this reason, he stayed single for a minute even though he claimed he wanted something serious. Luckily for him, he eventually crossed paths with the woman who would become his wife at a networking event, and that was all she wrote.
Apparently, my friend is not alone in this experience. The Pew Research Center recently conducted a study on dating applications and adults in America. In addition to finding that fifteen percent of American adults utilize dating apps, researchers say that thirty-one percent of those who responded to the survey shared that they believe dating apps keep people from settling down. They, too, felt that having too many options turns out to be somewhat of a bad thing in the long run.
While it seems that dating apps are the best thing that could have ever happened for many singles looking to mingle, it’s also apparently what’s holding them back from the meaningful relationships that they desire.
Do you utilize dating sites in your quest to find love? What has your experience been like? Do you believe that having access to too many potential romantic partners is keeping you a bachelorette?