Addiction to social networking, dating apps, texting, and messaging can extend to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships.

We’ve all seen the couples sitting together in a coffee shop or restaurant ignoring each other and engaging with their smartphones instead.

until after four months of messaging, when he logs off and never contacts you again. The doting father/uncle/godfather Whilst I wouldn’t criticise a man for liking his own offspring there is a time and a place for discussion on the subject – and an online dating site is neither of them.

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The addict is online so much you think that there must be a fault in his profile settings. The desperado Recently hit the big 4-0 and realised he was the only one of his friends not to be married.

The good news is, when it comes to commitment he’s ready to go, the bad news – he doesn’t care who it’s with. The professional The professional uses studio photos with a misty filter, his profile reads like a CV and his emails have as much personality as an application for an accounts position in an IT company in Luton.

A sex addict might be sitting at work, and rather than focusing on the meeting the deadline for a presentation, he or she is engrossed in a dating app.

“We’ve seen it previously with online pornography being used in the workplace, but now this is taking over and becoming more around the instant sex that’s available for people online,” Markham says.

With so many new "opportunities" out there — with the illusion that a life-changing upgrade was just a click away — I couldn't maintain my focus on our relationship.

Online dating apps are a special place where Friday night dreams go to die—but at the same time, they may be our greatest chance of meeting someone outside the two-block radius of our apartment/office.

True, OFM was smart, but couldn't I find someone smarter?

And fine, OFM had a really, really great rack, but don't flat-chested women also have a lot to offer?

While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with your daily life, work, and relationships.