Coduto is quick to stress that when someone is lonely, it doesn’t mean they are friendless or lack social connections.

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“It’s really about the quality of your relationships, not quantity.”Lonely, socially anxious people can flock to dating apps to build relationships, but the process of matching, chatting, and sometimes, rejection, can be overwhelming and demoralizing.

There are also a lot people of who just swipe, swipe, swipe, which does not always have the intended outcome, Coduto says.

Coduto recommends turning off dating app push notifications to minimize interruptions and designating a specific time of day to check in with matches and swipe, rather than popping into the app whenever you please.

This can make the app feel manageable, rather than an infinite ocean of romantic leads.

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In her newest study, she and her colleagues at Ohio State University studied the dating app usage and behavioral patterns of 269 undergraduate students with experience using one or more dating apps.

The study focused on two behavioral traits: loneliness and social anxiety.

Overall, people are still meeting and having meaningful relationships, and this is just another way to meet people, she says.