The New York Post has published an article claiming that dating apps have contributed to modern American men having less sex than men in previous years.
According to the General Social Survey, 28% of men under 30 have gone more than a year without having sex, a figure that is three times higher than it was in 2008.
Dr. David Bell, a medical director for the Young Men’s Clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital, explained to the New York Post that single men these days are unsure how to act in the “space of sex”.
He blamed social media in part, for giving men an unrealistic expectation about what their lives and bodies should look like.
28-year-old New Yorker Evan Pipta talked about his recent experiences in the article. He said he now finds it difficult to approach women in the real world.
“Everyone’s always doing some type of self-promotion. When someone’s reaching out to you, you don’t know if they’re trying to make a real connection or sell you something.
“I was so dependent on [online dating in] my early 20s, [and that’s when] people learn a lot of skills. I feel like I have to relearn how to find dates and have sex with people that I like without using apps.”
Some commentators argue that online dating has contributed to a rise in sexual assault by making it easier for criminals to connect with vulnerable singles.
US non-profit organisation RAINN suggests the opposite; they say reports of sexual violence have fallen from 700,000 in 1994 (before the launch of Match.com) to under 300,000 in 2014.
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