When you rely on something for self-esteem or excitement, you feel disappointed when you don't see these rewards and you withdraw from other sources of happiness.

During the times I slipped on my hiatus and went on OKCupid, I realized I felt a sense of dread as the homepage loaded because I associated the site with disappointment and rejection.

I ended up meeting my partner at a nightclub while on vacation in Ibiza with a girlfriend.

Back when FOMO was keeping me glued to my apps, I wish someone had reassured me other prospects would come my way if I looked up for a second.2.

I felt like a lab rat mindlessly chasing its next pellet of food.3.

Dating sites can cause major anxiety A recent study in found that phone addiction causes depression and anxiety, and in my experience, online dating addiction has the same effects.

Once I got over that hump, it was nice to not have people constantly evaluating how good my photos looked, and I think it made me, in turn, a bit less preoccupied with my looks.5.

Being single for a while is really not a problem When I was online dating, I was getting worried that I'd been single for —as if that was a lot.

The biggest reason I had for deleting my dating apps was just an insufficient return on investment.

Whether because we didn't have much in common or we weren't willing to put in much effort, my conversations rarely left the texting stage.

They necessarily make matches before the parties meet.

But studies show that the strongest predictors of solid relationships are a couple’s live interaction style and ability to handle stress.

Data about characteristics like personality and attitudes cannot accurately predict how that real life interaction will function.