ADOLESCENTS’ DATING APPS USE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS
Abstract - In this study, we examinedthe relationships between the use of online dating applications (apps), online victimization, and psychosocial distress among adolescents. This study was conducted in 2020. Data were obtained from a sample of 2,595 seventh grade students from 30 middle schools in Taiwan. A self-administered questionnaire was conducted.Multivariate analysis results indicated that adolescents’ exposure to the marketing of dating apps and poor academic performance wereboth associated with the use of online dating apps. Adolescents who used dating appswere more likely to experience online privacy victimization, cyberbullying victimization, and online sexual harassment. The use of dating appsby adolescents, online privacy victimization, cyberbullying victimization, and online sexual harassment were associated with higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress.