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

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.

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.

Meeting people IRL is totally possible If you had told me this a year ago, I probably would've responded, "Yeah, is possible—but it sure ain't likely." In a world where two potential matches could be in the same bar and not notice each other because they're both swiping around on Tinder, it feels like online is the only place to meet someone.

But people had relationships before dating apps existed and—surprise! It took a little while, but when I was putting less energy into scoping out prospects on dating apps, I had more time for parties, spontaneous encounters, and other ways to meet people.

Online dating is addictive Right after I decided to stop going on OKCupid, I actually had to stop my hands from typing the "o" into my browser when I wanted a work break (OK I slipped up a few times, I'll admit it).

As with Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and email, I checked it compulsively with the hope that some exciting notification would greet me on the homepage. I also realized that when I used Tinder, I was swiping compulsively to try to find out who my "super likes" were, often not even reading profiles.

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.

It just felt long because I wasn't comfortable being single—and I wasn't comfortable being single because I just hadn't allowed myself to be.