(KTLA) — Single heterosexual men are having a hard time on the dating scene.

According to a study by Psychology Today“younger and middle-aged men are loneliest they have been for generations and are likely to get worse” and this is for a variety of reasons.

Men now make up 62% of dating app users, reducing their chances of finding marriage. This means that women have many men to choose from, so they are more likely to see someone.

Another reason is that the standards for healthy relationships have changed. The study says women look for someone who is emotionally available, a good communicator and shares similar values.

The third reason is that men have to deal with a “skills deficit”.

The study claims that many young men are not taught early on how to treat women properly.

“The problem for men is that emotional connection is the lifeblood of healthy, long-term love,” the study said.

However, all hope is not lost.

Although the algorithms of dating apps and websites are becoming more sophisticated, this can lead to greater matches. The survey found that dating app Hinge found that 90% of users rated their first date positively, with 72% indicating they wanted a second date through the app beta testing.

The study’s author advises men who are having trouble in the dating world to go to therapy to address the “skills gap” to connect with a future partner.

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