The growing popularity of online dating is raising concerns about what the apps may be doing to our online relationships.
With millions of users in Canada, we have all been bombarded with advertisements for dating sites and apps that lure us into the world of hooking up.
In the absence of any real evidence, we are left to rely on anecdotal evidence.
While the evidence may be solid, we do not know for certain what kind of impacts these apps have on our online dating lives.
But a new study, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media, aims to answer the questions about how these online dating platforms affect the ways we communicate and how they affect our relationships.
A survey of 1,100 Canadians, all in their early 20s, was conducted between June and August 2016.
The respondents were asked about the types of dating apps they use, what they use for their daily lives and whether they have ever been sexually involved with another person.
Among these participants, one-third used an online dating app.
A quarter of the participants also used an app that provided access to an online profile, and about one-fifth of them used an “active” online dating profile.
The research was done on behalf of the research arm of the Society for Research on Women.
It was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Institutes of Mental Health.
The study was also funded by Telus, a Canadian telecommunications company.
Some of the findings: The study participants reported using the dating apps more often than ever before.
About two-thirds of the respondents reported that they have used an offline dating profile, which they often do not use.
And while half of the men and women said that they had never been sexually attracted to a woman, the other half reported being attracted to men and sometimes even sexually attracted.
About one-quarter of the users of online-dating apps said they used a hook-up app more often to meet other people online.
This trend has been seen in other research in the past year.
A 2011 study by University of Toronto researchers found that online dating was linked to more sexual partners.
The researchers surveyed more than 1,300 Canadians who had been married for at least one year.
Those who were sexually active were more likely to report using an online-based dating app to meet new people.
A recent study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly found that while more than half of women reported having engaged in sexual activity with another woman, only 37 per cent of men reported engaging in such activity.
But these are the only studies that are looking at these specific types of apps.
Another recent study found that the number of times that someone had used an active online profile on an online service increased from 9 per cent to 16 per cent in a single year.
These numbers suggest that these online platforms are increasing the number and intensity of sexual encounters in the context of our online lives.
A more recent study, by researchers at the University of Ottawa, found that using an app was associated with more sexual activity on an offline platform.
And a recent study conducted at the Royal Ontario Museum found that when the researchers looked at the numbers of times a person had been physically or sexually touched by a different person, there was a clear relationship between the frequency of the contact and the number that person engaged in sexually explicit behaviors.
These studies suggest that an increased number of sexual interactions are being encouraged online.
And this is a trend that has been documented for years in other studies.
In 2013, a University of Pennsylvania study reported that men were more sexually active when they were on the dating app, and women were more often on an active profile.
These are the kinds of interactions that the research shows are becoming more common online.
What’s the takeaway from this?
It seems clear that the more people use these apps, the more sexual encounters are occurring.
It seems also clear that they are increasing as we have more and more people online and we have access to more and better technology to access these intimate encounters.
But the research is also telling us that we need to look at what these apps are doing to us in the real world.
They’re not just making us more sexually available online.
They are making us feel less sexually available.
And that is potentially problematic.
What can you do to reduce your risk of being sexually involved in an online relationship?
First, you need a better understanding of what these online apps are and what they’re doing to your physical and emotional well-being.
In other words, what are they doing to you psychologically?
This study found some positive changes.
There was a significant increase in the number, frequency and duration of interactions between participants and the online profiles they used to access.
There were also improvements in self-esteem and overall well- being.
But there was also a significant decrease in the frequency and intensity that these interactions occurred.
These changes were more pronounced among men.
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