Are You Ready to Use a Dating App?

Dating apps are in full swing these days, with an estimated 59 million people using them worldwide, and that’s only as of 2017. Now, the number will only be higher and it's easy to see why. As our lives become busier and more hectic, it can be tricky to find time to set aside to go on dates, or to even find people to go on dates with. Dating apps come in to help us there, by allowing us to get chatting to people more easily. 


Some of us do still find dating apps a little intimidating however. That’s fine, there’s no need to rush in to using one, however with a little mental prep you’ll realise that dating apps aren’t all that scary. But what sort of things do we need to be ready for when it comes to using a dating app? 


Rejection


We’re coming out with the hard hitters to start, but stick with us. Rejection is, as anyone that’s ever dated before will tell you, all part and parcel of dating. So just like dating without an app, using a dating app does mean you’re opening yourself up to this, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid the apps. 


In fact with a dating app, you might find rejection a little more manageable. As with all forms of social media, if seeing someone online is bothering you for whatever reason you can choose to block them. There’s no shame in doing this on a dating app if someone rejected you and the idea of seeing them regularly online will be painful — it’s all part of self care. 


Of course, with rejection comes the balance or possibility. With so many different people online there’s a strong chance it won’t take long for you to find someone that’s right for you. 


Honesty


Despite their popularity, there are still quite a few people that find themselves a little nervous about admitting they met their partner on a dating app. There’s no shame in finding someone online. We all have busy lives and dating apps can help strike that balance between allowing you to focus on your professional life, and develop your personal one. There’s nothing wrong with being career driven and wanting to find love at the same time. 


If we want to end this stigma about dating apps, then let’s be honest about them. There’s nothing wrong with finding love, wherever you may have looked for it. 


Openness


It’s important to be open about what you want when dating. You don’t want someone to think you’re looking for something long term and serious when perhaps all you really want is some company and to see where things go. 


Dating apps give you the unique opportunity to state you intentions, or to read someone else’s, before you actually meet. Thanks to dating profiles, you can let people know whether you’re looking for a new relationship or just a quick fling — both are perfectly fine so long as you’re honest and open about that. You do you. 


Happiness


Utlimately, whether you’re looking for love online or offline, the goal is to find happiness. So you’ve got to be sure you’re ready to find it. Are you sure about what you’re looking for with online dating? Or do you perhaps still have a few reservations about getting online to find someone? There’s no rush, and you can only be ready when you’re ready. Talk to your friends and family about it, see what everyone thinks and don’t be afraid to ask for help and reassurance. When you’re ready to find happiness, you’re ready to try dating apps. 


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