The search for love in the digital age tends to stir up a lot of anxiety. If you’ve ever heard stories from your friends about their bad dates, you might reasonably approach dating apps with caution. But just as online dating can foster some comically bad experiences, there are plenty of benefits as well. Many of us know couples who seem so perfectly matched that it’s almost impossible to believe they met on opposite sides of a screen.
When it comes down to it, does online dating actually work? While you might be worried it’s not a good idea (or even a waste of time), like all matters in love, it has its pros and cons. We decided to bring the question to licensed ily therapist and relationship expert Lisa Marie Bobby, Ph.D., of Growing Self Counseling and Coaching.
Lisa ily therapist with over 15 years of experience. She is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self Counseling and Coaching, the award-winning author of Exaholics, and the host of the Love, Happiness and Success podcast.
Dating apps can lead to superficiality and ghosting, but there are also many positives. “While online dating has some potential for pitfalls compared to meeting people in real life, the volume of possibilities is much higher,” says Bobby. “That increases the chances that you’ll meet someone you’re truly compatible with.”