5 Signs You May Have An Online Dating Addiction

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5 Signs You May Have An Online Dating Addiction

Joshua Pompey Joshua Pompey • 9/25/14

As great as online dating can be, there is also something mentally unhealthy about the process.

Unleashing attractive men into a forum where they arrange an endless stream of dates is like unleashing a little kid into a candy store and telling him he can eat whatever he wants.

For men who don’t have much will power, the endless temptations can be borderline debilitating.

But when does online dating cross over from being a proactive approach to meet new people to an unhealthy obsession?

Let’s take a look at five signs you may have an online dating addiction.

1. You are compulsively checking your inbox.

It’s OK to be excited about receiving emails, but when this results in checking your email every hour of the day, no matter where you are or who you are with, you are bordering on an unhealthy obsession.

It’s time to put the phone away, shut down the computer and deactivate for a while.

2. You find yourself searching and emailing for hours a day.

You sit down after work, write an email or two and maybe even perform a quick search.

The next thing you know, two hours or more have passed by, and all your previous obligations are now on the backburner. This is a problem.

Set aside an hour a day maximum for online dating, and then go back to living the life you should be living.

After all, what is the point of trying to find someone if you no longer have a life of your own?

This is not productive for yourself, nor does it make you interesting to the people you are meeting.


“Online dating should be part of every person’s dating

arsenal. This doesn’t mean ignore other opportunities.”

3. You start losing track of whom you intend to go out with.

On Monday, you are interested in one girl. By Thursday, you are interested in five more.

By the time one of your dates roll around, you can barely even remember which girl you are talking to or what her interests are.

Making multiple superficial connections like this is not productive, nor is it financially beneficial.

Arranging dates with more women than you can keep track of does not make you a player that should be proud.

It makes you a man with an addiction to the rush of a first date.

4. You know longer admit to friends you are going out on dates.

When you are dating so many women to the point you start lying to friends about who you are with because you are embarrassed you date so much, it’s time to hit the brakes.

Online dating is nothing to be ashamed of when used properly. There is never a need to cover up your dating habits.

5. You ignore great opportunities that “real life” presents.

Online dating should be a part of every single person’s dating arsenal, but this doesn’t mean you should be ignoring all other opportunities.

If you start blowing off get-togethers with friends, local parties or nights out with the guys because you are more concerned about meeting the latest girl online, then you need to reassess the balance in your life.

Online dating should be a part of your world, not the only part.

What addictive qualities do you recognize in your online dating behavior?

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