A study says, men on dating app Tinder actually suffer from low self-esteem. A survey of more than 1,300 men and women revealed that those who use the highly popular smartphone app tend to be less happy with their looks, reports the Daily Mail. Psychologists warn the app could be bad for your health, with users drawn into a downward spiral of physical comparisons. According to Jessica Strubel of the University of North Texas, “Tinder users reported having lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and having lower levels of self-worth than the men and women who did not use Tinder.”
The study involved 1,044 women and 273 men undergraduates who completed questionnaires about their Tinder use, body image, perceived objectification and psychological well-being. One in ten used Tinder and both male and female users reported less satisfaction with their bodies and looks, compared to non-users. However, only male Tinder users reported lower levels of self-esteem.
“We found that being actively involved with Tinder, regardless of the user’s gender, was associated with body dissatisfaction, body shame, body monitoring, internalisation of societal expectations of beauty, comparing oneself physically to others, and reliance on media for information on appearance and attractiveness,” Strubel added.