A University of North Texas survey of 1044 female and 273 male undergraduates found an interesting correlation between psychological well-being and Tinder use. Out of all those surveyed, one in ten used Tinder and both male and female users of Tinder reported less satisfaction with their looks compared to non-users. Male users specifically were found to have lower levels of self-esteem compared to their female counterparts. Professor Jessica Strubel, who ran the study, said, “‘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.” She also added that the app did not cause the low self-esteem in men, but that Tinder and similar apps attracted men with low self-esteem.
Now guys, before you get your nuts all tangled in a bunch, let’s look at this from a logical point of view. Let’s set aside the fact that the study had a ridiculously low sample size. Let’s also set aside the fact that it only covered one university and surveyed many more women than men. The hypothesis does make sense. Keep in mind that these are college kids, and if they’re too self-conscious to approach a girl out in the wild and need to talk to her through an app, maybe they do have self-esteem issues compared to post grad users who use it out of convenience. Obviously, not all guys who have used apps like this have low self-image and low self-esteem. I swear. I have great hair. It’s fabulous. And I don’t have small hands. I have the greatest hands ever, I assure you.
But I digress. Another interesting thing to consider – why would people with poor self-image use an app that is entirely based on your physical appearance? Easy. Validation. Every match you get shows someone at least finds you physically attractive. From empirical evidence among friends who have used the app in the past, as well as myself, it seems like many matches don’t really go anywhere or even lead to a meetup. Either the other person decides to keep swiping to see what other fish they can catch (more validation) or allows the match to expire because they got what they wanted. But that’s just my armchair psychologist’s point of view, since there really isn’t enough evidence yet to come to a conclusion. However, I will say it goes back to previous points I’ve made, such as it’s better to go out and actually meet someone in person than use apps and that dating apps are one of the reasons why our generation is having less sex than previous generations. In short, go out and meet someone and make the gene pool proud. .
[via Daily Mail]