Although finding a date may be easier to them, Tinder users have lower self-esteem than those who don’t use the app. Swiping left and right can affect your psychological well-being. One of the reasons this happens is that the app is all about matching or rejecting someone solely based on looks.
This approach makes many wonder whether their partner only has only one thing in mind or not. In turn, it makes Tinder users feel objectified instead of being seen as a whole human being.
A new study points out that Tinder could induce depression and lack of perceived self-value in some people, resulting in lower self-esteem.
The conclusions were revealed at the American Psychological Association’s Convention in Denver. Experts from the North Texas University have looked at 1,000 women and 273 men in their twenties. They were asked questions about the body, face and body parts satisfaction and how they felt about their self-worth.
By correlating the data from the extensive study, sociologists have found that those who used Tinder were more prone to be critical of themselves. They also self-evaluated their bodies worse than those who did not use the app. This kind of self-criticism could have led to the diminished perceived self-value.
Both men and women were at similar risk from suffering of lowered self-esteem.
Those who used the Tinder app were more inclined to suffer from shame, body monitoring and dissatisfaction over their bodies.
Tinder is a powerful dating app available across all mobile devices. It allows users to find their match, chat, swipe right for good matches and swipe right if they’re not interested.
The app is mainly used by the 16-34 age group.
However, these popular apps could negatively influence body image and send users down a superficial downward spiral of objectification, according to US experts.
It is not yet clear whether users with low self-esteem choose the app, or if they get low self-esteem after using the app. Either way, it’s controversial.
Some sociologists believe the samples weren’t large enough to reach a proper conclusion. They argue that the subjects do not reflect typical Tinder users.
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