Does being on Tinder say something about you?
Or is it just a natural way to meet people and enjoy a little carnal closeness once in a while?
I am moved to ask this philosophical question by a new study from the University of North Texas.
Presented at the American Psychological Association’s Convention in Denver this week, the study looked at Tinder users and their sense of self-worth.
The 1,044 women and 273 men (mean age 20.56) who took part were asked about their thighs, their faces and other personal essences.
The conclusions were somewhat bracing. If you’re a Tinder user, that is.
The researchers found that Tinderers are thunderingly critical about themselves — more so than those who resist this rather irresistible app.
Compared with those in the study who weren’t using the app, the Tinderers were more ashamed of their bodies and showed greater dissatisfaction with their faces.
They were also more likely to obsess about how they looked.
One thing that struck the researchers was that these results weren’t gender-specific. Male Tinderers were, if anything, even more likely to show a lack of self-worth than women.
These respondents were, though, on the young side. Aren’t the young just generally more obsessed with their looks?
“We acknowledge that the demographics of this sample is a limitation to the study, and we noted that in the paper,” researcher Jessica Strubel told me. “We also recognize that as one of the first studies to empirically study Tinder in relation to psychological outcomes that more more research is needed to replicate our findings.”
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