Online dating is associated with sex addiction and social anxiety

Yoni Zlot, Maya Goldstein, Koby Cohen, Aviv Weinstein

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Background and aims: There is an increasing use of the Internet for dating and sexual purpose. The aim of this study was to investigate the contribution of social anxiety and sensation seeking to ratings of sex addiction among those who use dating Internet sites. Methods: A total of 279 participants (128 males and 151 females), with overall mean age being 25 years (SD = 2.75) and age range of 18-38, answered questionnaires on the Internet. Questionnaires included demographic details, Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale, Zuckerman Sensation Seeking Scale, and Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST). Results: The users of Internet-dating applications showed higher scores on the SAST than non-users. Second, participants who had low scores of sex addiction had lower social anxiety scores than the participants with high scores of sexual addiction. There was no difference in sensation-seeking scores between participants with low and high scores of sexual addiction. Discussion and conclusions: The results of this study indicate that social anxiety rather than sensation seeking or gender is a major factor affecting the use of Internet-dating applications for obtaining sexual partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-826
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018


  • Dating applications
  • Sensation seeking
  • Sex addiction
  • Social anxiety


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