They were also more likely to think of themselves as sexual objects, to internalize societal ideals about beauty, to compare their appearances to others and to constantly monitor how they looked, the researchers found. “If they used Tinder, they reported more negative scores on all of our measures,” says Trent Petrie, co-author of the paper and professor in the psychology department at the University of North Texas.“We thought that was pretty interesting, given the fact that gender usually plays a role in how women and men respond to these types of questionnaires.” Women, it turns out, usually feel the worst about themselves.The popularity of online dating is being driven by several things but a major factor is time.Online dating presents an effective solution to a serious problem.Contrary to the stereotype, there’s little evidence that internet dating is the last resort of social misfits or weirdos. Internet daters are more likely to be sociable, have high self-esteem and be low in dating anxiety (Kim et al., 2009; Valkenburg, 2007).These studies found no evidence that people use online dating because they can’t hack it face-to-face. People’s motivations to start online dating are many and various, typically involving a triggering event like a break-up, but overall Barraket and Henry-Waring (2008) have found that people’s motivations are less individual and more social.Put yourself on Tinder, and you might end up with a date—or a crippling case of negative thoughts about yourself.So suggests a new study about the psychological effects of the popular dating app, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Online dating services are now the second most popular way to meet a partner.When this data was compared with their profiles, it showed that nine out of ten had lied on at least one of the attributes measured, but the lies were only small ones.The most frequent offender was weight, with daters either adding or shaving off an average of 5%.But the most fascinating result of all was that men—not women—who used Tinder had the lowest levels of self-esteem.That may simply be because so many more men than women use Tinder, the researchers speculate.
Tinder, a mobile dating app, has a reputation for facilitating hook-ups based primarily on appearance.