Is Tinder Causing Your Negative Body Image?
Tinder is the premiere dating app for most millennials, but it might be doing more harm than good without you knowing. Last Thursday, a study presented at the American Psychological Association convention found that Tinder does not make you feel better and there’s a connection between men and women who use the dating app who have low levels of self-worth and a negative body image.
Conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas, the study, which is under review, surveyed 1, 044 women and 273 men, most of whom were undergraduate students, about their self-esteem and dating habits.
The questions consisted of things like “How satisfied are you with your thighs?” and “How likely are you to make physical comparisons to others?” These questions all came before asking whether or not they used Tinder. The people who did use the app (about 10 percent) reported having “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,” according to the study’s coauthor Jessica Strübel, PhD.
This study basically says when you present yourself like an object for someone to swipe, it can affect both genders negatively. But let’s also remember 80 percent of the sample surveyed were women.
Strübel said, “Although current body image interventions primarily have been directed toward women, our findings suggest men are equally and negatively affected by their involvement in social media.”
She along with her coauthor Trent Petrie don’t want people to think Tinder causes low self-esteem, however, people with low self-esteem are drawn to these types of apps.
Dating apps like Tinder can seem shallow on the surface level with it being based on looks and your profile picture, which in turn can cause people to judge their appearance more harshly if they already had low self-esteem to begin with.
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