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Social Anxiety and Depression Linked to Dating App Usage, Study Finds

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Manuel Breva Colmeiro/Getty People who frequently use dating apps might have more symptoms of social anxiety and depression, a new study found. Published in the peer-reviewed journal, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the study evaluated the relationship between social anxiety, depression, and dating app use. "This study is the first to empirically demonstrate a positive correlation between dating app use and symptoms of social anxiety and depression," says Ariella Lenton-Brym, a PhD student in clinical psychology at Ryerson University.

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