INEZ KRISTANTI, M.PSI
“When you see limitless options, you are facing ‘The Paradox of Choice’,” Inez Kristanti said. American social psychologist
Barry Schwartz first coined the term. It describes consumer indecisiveness facing abundant choices in a market economy, which could help explain the challenge that people experience during dating in the digital realm these days.“on one side, dating apps give the convenience to meet many new potential dates that people were not used to. On the other hand, the seemingly limitless options could potentially make people feel indecisive about choosing a partner.” The underlying premise of the paradox is the difficulty to decide amid many options. “When it comes to online dating, people could think that there will be better ones and keep on scrolling,” she said.
Even among those who use dating apps, it does not instantly mean that no one has any interest in committed relationships. “Of course, we can see from a macro perspective that the existence of dating apps today may, or may not, affect the general outlook regarding commitment. Some people have committed to take their relationship from dating apps to the next step,” Kristanti said. “At the end of the day, it is a personal matter, and it cannot be generalized. What also matters is whether you are willing to put in the effort to build and maintain a healthy relationship.”