I do not recommend virtual dating because it may be unhealthy. Many people inviting relationship applications or showing interest in finding a match are deceitful. It starts with their profiles, which lie to make them look more attractive. It may be difficult to find a partner that can make real life matching for a healthy relationship

I think the trend has more negative consequences than positive. For example, virtual dating has led to people having various romantic and sexual partners. It results to numerous short-lived relationships possibly because as much as engaging with partners is easier, disengaging also happens similarly. It can create the concept of people having to separate their sex life from their other life, which is seen in individuals who get involved in ‘deviant’ sexual behavior while protecting their ‘image’ in public eyes. Furthermore, it has transformed cohabitation and marriage behaviors, making many people remain single or delay getting married.

Barbara Santini

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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