Are We Swiping Away Our Humanity?
If we behaved in the the way that so many people do online, we’d be severely disappointed, depressed and potentially in prison (here’s looking at you dick pic dispatchers)!
Sure, in certain real life situations the ‘left swipe’ action would be very useful. However here at Huggle HQ we think it’s safe to say that the majority of us would be less inclined to use it, when faced with a human and not a profile picture on a screen.
As harsh as it seems, it has become the norm in this digital age to reject people quickly without giving someone a second chance. The anonymity of online socialising gives us this false power to dispose of a person just from how they look or their cheesy bio. It’s crazy to think that the people you swipe left on, could have been your best friend or even the love of your life!
With 54% of men and 86% of women swiping left to potential matches… That’s a lot of rejection. According to Psychology Today, rejection also sends us on a mission to seek and destroy our self-esteem. Blaming ourselves and attacking our self-worth only deepens the emotional pain we feel and makes it harder for us to recover emotionally. Ouch!
“It’s been reported that users of dating apps that are based on appearances, have lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies, than those who did not use these types of social apps.” said Jessica Strübel, PhD, of the University of North Texas.
As well as this effect on our self-esteem, a study found that social apps are disconnecting us more than connecting us. If you think about it, the idea of connecting with people on the basis that we find them attractive, is a disaster waiting to happen.
We’ve all been there: we get a match online and think we’ve met the person of our dreams, but it isn’t until a few dates down the line, that you realise, that you and your potential bae have nothing in common. What a waste of time!
The solution to this? Apps that connect people through mutual interests and lifestyle and not appearances. Huggle does exactly this. The app encourages you to start a friendship with the people who are already going to the same places as you. There’s no judging, rejecting or social pressures involved - just a simple check-in and discovery.
Try it yourself today and download Huggle.