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Anne Rettenberg wrote an article for Psychology Today that is critical of the idea of online dating [1], she cites one example of a man who visited a prostitute due to being depressed at his lack of success in online dating to support her claim.

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Hopeful and excited, he frequently logged on the app whenever he could to swipe around, reading other people’s bios intently and going through their photos before deciding if he was going left or right.

He’d look forward to waking up the next day with a list of matches and deliberate a little before initiating conversation, mostly asking about their music tastes.

In fact, knowing when to press pause on your online dating profile could be the difference between finding that special someone and giving up with bitterness and self-loathing.

Here are 10 signs it's time to take a step away from online dating: 1) You're looking for sex, but you're seriously disappointed when it's not love.

Based on my experience as a psychologist working with hundreds of online daters, the psychological toll that online dating takes on people's mental health is more about the way potential mates act online than the experience of countless, failed dates.