Dating apps can lead to long-term, fulfilling relationships, but their format can perpetuate stereotypical thinking and other detrimental mindsets.
This can be an issue in a relationship later on and lead to unrealistic and heightened expectations for a partner, Toma said.
Toma said her study demonstrated that dating apps are one of the most common ways to meet a long-term partner, second only to meeting through friends.
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University Health Services originally stressed the importance of healthy dating in the Tonight program, a sexual violence awareness program for first-year and transfer students, Carmen Noveldt, assistant director of End Violence on Campus, said.
While the Tonight program will be phased out by fall 2017, an updated program will replace it.
This mentality could be detrimental to being happy with one’s partner, Toma said.
While using Tinder proved ultimately successful for Wroblewski, she took issue with how men had interacted with her.
Noveldt said UHS found it necessary to incorporate separate workshops for dating and the promotion of safe and consensual sex.
Dubbed Dating WIse and Sex WIse, the in-person workshops encourage students to reflect on their personal lives and what it means to engage in a healthy college relationship.
Through her forthcoming study, “There are plenty of fish in the sea: Effects of choice overload and reversibility on online daters’ satisfaction with selected partners,” Toma revealed approximately one third of recent long-term relationships emerged from online interactions.
Despite user misconceptions, dating apps make up “a billion dollar industry,” Toma said.
“It empowers students to really think through who they want to date,” Noveldt said.
“Long term and short term, what are their deal breakers?
Fifty percent of those relationships started through dating apps or websites, according to Toma’s study.