According to new research, using Tinder can lead to low self-esteem. It seems like the social app influences its users in a bad way, causing them to change the image they have about themselves, lowering their self-esteem.
The basics of Tinder are pretty simple. There is a huge database of people that posted photographs of themselves and provided general information about their persona.
An algorithm checks the information and pictures searching for matches. When those are found, the users receive a notification about their possible interest, swiping right if they want to pursue the person and left if they are not impressed.
The math of the app adds up, however, the feelings of the people who get rejected are a variable that was not taken into consideration.
Have you ever thought about what happens to the people that get swiped left more often than right? How that affects their feelings?
A group of researchers from the North Texas University decided to answer those questions and analyzed the sense of self-worth of a sample of 1,317 individuals. Some participants were Tinder users; some weren’t.
1,044 female volunteers and 273 male participants with an average age of 20 took part in the experiment. The scientists asked them to talk about their body and their faces.
It seems like those who used social media apps were more likely to have a negative image of their body than those who preferred to search for a serendipitous encounter rather than a virtual one.
Compared to those who prefer to meet their soulmate in an old-fashion way, Tinderers were more critical about their facial features and body form.
According to the researchers:
“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.”
It is a general rule among Tinder users that men have a tendency to swipe right more often than women because the ratio of men and female users is not equal, the latter having a scarcer presence.
Men are put in a more vulnerable position because they have the disadvantage of numbers so it’s not that shocking that Tinder can lead to low self-esteem, especially among the male users.
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