Research suggests Tinder users have lower self-esteem

  • Recent study suggests that users of dating app, Tinder, have lower self-esteem
  • 1317 people participated in the study and 10% reported to be active on the dating app
  • Researchers noted that people with lower self-perception may be more drawn to use the dating app

Researchers say that people who use the widely popular mobile dating app, Tinder, that has 50 million reported active users, tends to have a more negative self-perception as compared to those who do not use the app.

A recent study, titled “Love me Tinder: Body image and Psychosocial Functioning Among Men and Women”, showed the negative psychological effects of the dating app.

For the study, a group of 1,317 people were made to complete a survey that asked about their use of Tinder as well as self-reports to rate how they generally feel about themselves. Questions like ‘How satisfied are you with your thighs?’ and ‘How likely are you to make physical comparisons to others?’ clued the researchers into their body image and self esteem.

Of those surveyed, about 10 percent mentioned using Tinder, and that group was overall less satisfied with their appearance than those not using the dating app.

The researchers found that the app users were also more critical of their own appearances and comparing it to others while internalizing societal ideals about beauty.

“We found that being actively involved with Tinder, regardless of the user’s gender, was associated with body dissatisfaction, body shame, body monitoring, internalization of societal expectations of beauty, comparing oneself physically to others, and reliance on media for information on appearance and attractiveness,” said Jessica Strubel, one of the proponents of the study.

Much like in real life, being ignored or rejected online can be psychologically taxing to a person, the researchers said. They also noted that it is possible that people with lower self-esteem are more drawn to using the app.

Another fascinating result of the study showed that men who use Tinder have lower self-esteem than the women who use the app.

“Men exhibited lower self-esteem than female users. Based on Tinder statistics, it is possible men are more affected simply because there are more of them on the app than women, which allows women to be more discerning when deciding whether to swipe right,” Strubel told CNET.

She added: “The increased odds of being rejected by potential connections may put men into a vulnerable position, which could then affect their self-concept.”

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