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Addiction to dating apps explained (video story included)

Dating has changed in many ways throughout the years. In the past, there was no such thing as social media. Everyone had to meet the traditional way — maybe by bumping into someone at a coffee shop — which some would call fate. As time progressed, our phones became smarter and the world of online dating was created.

According to a psychological study, as more dating apps were developed, people became addicted to them, like being addicted to a game. “You just passively start swiping through it … it gives you a reward system, so I think in that way it’s very addicting, similar to games,” said Dea Garic, a doctoral degree student at Florida International University.

According to experts, swiping through apps such as Tinder, Hinge and Bumble gives the brain a release of serotonin, similar to playing a game.

Although it can be fun to meet someone online, it can also be dangerous. People can portray a completely different person through social media. It may also be a life-changing experience in which swiping right leads to Mr. Right. No matter what you prefer, whether it’s meeting through an app or letting destiny decide, always make sure to prioritize safety.

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Born in Kenya, Sayona came to Florida when she was 5 years old. Her major is broadcast media, and she hopes to become an anchor one day.