Dating App Fatigue: A Mental Health Perspective

Dating App Fatigue: A Mental Health Perspective

Dating app fatigue is a real thing, and it’s not just about the dating apps themselves. It can be tough to manage our expectations when it comes to dating, and with so many options available to us, it’s no wonder that we sometimes feel overwhelmed or exhausted by the process. In this blog post, we’ll explore dating app fatigue from a mental health perspective. We’ll discuss some of the ways in which dating fatigue can affect our lives, and we’ll offer some tips for managing it. If you’re feeling frustrated or burned out by dating apps, read on!

Online dating is more popular than ever.  In 2020, 270 million people accessed dating apps worldwide. That’s a lot of people! With so many people using dating apps, it’s no wonder that we’re seeing more folks experiencing dating app fatigue.

Dating app fatigue can be caused by a number of factors. First, there is the sheer number of dating apps available to us. It can be hard to keep track of all the different options, and it can be even harder to decide which ones to use. Second, dating apps can be time-consuming and frustrating. Swiping through hundreds of profiles and sending messages can take up a lot of time, and it’s not always easy to find matches who are interested in meeting up. Finally, dating apps bring people and dating right to our fingertips.

If you’re feeling dating app fatigue, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many other folks out there who are also struggling with the same issue. Here are a few tips for dealing with dating app fatigue:

Signs you might be experiencing dating app fatigue:

-You no longer enjoy using dating apps.

-You’re finding yourself swiping mindlessly.

-You’re starting to feel like dating is a chore.

-You’re feeling anxious or stressed when you think about dating.

-Your curiosity has diminished.

-Feeling bored or uninterested.

-Feeling exhausted from using the app.

-General disinterest in swiping and chatting.

-Not enjoying dates or the overall experience.

-Increase in frustration, irritability, annoyance etc.

-Feeling overwhelmed.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to take a break from dating apps. Knowing when to take a break is essential to restoring your emotional capacity and enhancing future dating opportunities.

Helpful tips to deal with dating app fatigue:

-Set a goal for yourself, such as, only using dating apps for X number of days per week, or taking a break from them for X number of days.

-Focus on self-care. When you’re not swiping and chatting, take the time to focus on taking care of yourself. Stay connected to yourself through things that bring you joy, pleasure, and peace (i.e., moving your body, quality time with loved ones/pets, masturbation, or trying a new hobby).

-Remember, you are in control of who has access to you and at what times.

-Talk to someone about it. If you are struggling with dating app fatigue on your own, consider talking to a mental health professional about it. They can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and provide support during this difficult time.

-Pick the app that is right for you.  Not all dating apps are created equal. There are a variety of different apps out there, so take the time to find one that is a good fit for you. Consider things like the app’s purpose, user base, and features before making a decision.

-Take a break. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by dating app fatigue, it may be helpful to take a break from them altogether. This can be a temporary or permanent decision, depending on what works best for you. During this break, focus on taking care of yourself and doing things that make you happy.

-Set your intention. When you’re using dating apps, it’s important to set your intention for doing so.

  • What are you hoping to accomplish?
  • What kind of person are you looking for?
  • What do you want online dating to bring to your life?
  • How is this serving you and your individual journey?

– Having a clear idea of what you want can help you avoid wasting time on people and experiences that aren’t a good fit.

-Check in with yourself and your needs. This can change regularly so, it’s important to check in with yourself regularly to see how you’re doing. What do you need in this moment? Do you need a break? Make sure you’re taking care of yourself first and foremost. Dating should be something that enhances your life, not takes away from it.

-What do you want dating to look like? (i.e., casual, monogamous, hookup, non-monogamous, long-term, short-term etc.)

-Talk to your friends and family.

-Set boundaries and then reinforce them. (i.e., I’m only going to swipe for X amount of time per day/week.)

-Remember your why. Why did you start using dating apps in the first place? Has your goal or intention changed?

-Think about how much time you’re spending on dating apps. Is it too much?

-Practice safety on dating apps (i.e. share location with friends, meeting in public settings).

-Talk to someone you trust about your dating experiences.

Dating app fatigue is real, and it can have a serious impact on your mental health. If you’re experiencing dating app fatigue, there are things you can do to ease the burden. Pick the right app for you, take breaks as needed, set boundaries, and set your intention. With a little self-care, dating can be a fun and rewarding experience.

So there you have it — a few signs that you might be experiencing dating app fatigue.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of how a person can experience dating app fatigue. Fatigue can occur from daily life, stressors, and situations outside of dating. A therapist can be helpful for unpacking and exploring things that come up for you whether you are actively dating or taking space from it. Ideally, you are the expert of your dating life. It isn’t always easy, but it should be fun!

Warm regards,

Maureen McCarthy, LSW

Heal Your Roots Wellness

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