Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say

Story highlights

  • Dating apps are growing in popularity, with millions of subscribers
  • People who said they had addictive-style behaviors scored much higher on depression and anxiety scales

(CNN)Before there were smartphones, singles would often go to bars or clubs and try to meet "the One," or at least the one for that night. Alcohol-induced courage and a steep bar tab later, singles were on top of their game or it was "game over" -- until the next weekend.

Technology has saved singles from all that. With smartphones, we can now carry millions of potential love interests in our pockets. The ne