This webinar is part 1 of 3 in CAMH's Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use (GGTU) 2022 series of standalone yet interconnected webinars titled, ‘The impacts of digital technologies on mental health and addictions’. This webinar will share evidence-informed knowledge and lived experience reflections on the current state of dating apps and their impacts on mental health. Platforms like Tinder, Grindr, and Bumble, for example, are immensely popular tools that people use to connect with one another for casual encounters and meaningful relationships. However, there is increasing evidence that using these apps can lead to negative impacts on mental health (e.g., feelings of anxiety and loneliness) and self-esteem. What do we know about the risks and benefits of using dating apps? Are there new or emerging behavioural patterns worth exploring, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? The audience will be asked to reflect on such questions in relation to their clinical work and research, and will have an opportunity to engage in Q&A discussion.
Learning objectives for this webinar include:
1. Understand the breadth of digital dating behaviours and their impacts on mental health and addictions in an adult population.
2. Gain greater knowledge of the lived experience of using dating apps during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Treena Orchard is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. An anthropologist with cultural and medical expertise, she conducts ethnographic research with women and others in sex work, people living with HIV/AIDS, and Indigenous populations. Her special research interests include sexuality and sex work, gender, and the politics of health.
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