A new recent study showed that Tinder users have a lower level of self-esteem and also a lower standard of satisfaction when it comes to their appearance than people who do not use Tinder.
The online dating app is designed to match couples based on their attraction to one another. It has over 50 million active users and is especially popular among adults aged 18-24 years.
You can approve or skip a profile picture just by swiping. If you swipe left, you ignore the profile, and if you swipe right, you like the profile picture. If both individuals consider each other acceptable, then Tinder puts the users in contact, and they can start communicating.
The most recent study which was presented at the American Psychological Association’s Convention analyzed Tinder user’s self-worth. 1,044 women and 273 men with a mean age of 20.56 participated in this research by completing a survey and answering questions about their psychological well-being and body image.
Results of the study proved that Tinderers had greater dissatisfaction regarding their body or appearance and were more ashamed of the way they look than people that have never used the dating app. There also existed a higher probability that they obsess over how they look.
Another important aspect of this study was the fact that male Tinder users were more likely to show a lack of self-worth than women. It was later proved that the reason was there were more of them on Tinder than women, which led to feeling they have more competition and more vulnerability. Men try to increase their odds by swiping right more often, but this only extends their chances of being rejected by potential connections.
Most researchers mentioned that the reason for the low self-esteem through Tinderers is due to the way users are required to validate another’s attractiveness with just a thumb swipe. Tinder users might feel disposable in their social interactions, thus developing a higher self-criticism and awareness of their bodies and appearance.
These findings do not necessarily prove that Tinder is the cause of low self-esteem or body dissatisfaction, but that people with low self-esteem are more likely to be drawn towards self-objectifying apps.
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