Following recent news that Tinder can be bad comes more news that Tinder can be bad. (Always comforting to have some consistencies in this wild and unpredictable thing we call life.)
Researchers at the University of North Texas recently conducted a study in which they asked a group of 1,300 young women and men, whose median age was close to 20, a variety of questions related to body satisfaction and self-esteem. The last question asked the participants if they used Tinder, which turned out to reveal one consistent result that was true of both male and female Tinder users. Per the study:
Tinder users reported having lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies, experiencing higher levels of shame about their bodies, being more focused on their bodies as sexual objects, internalizing more strongly societal appearance ideals, making more frequent comparisons of their physical appearance to others, and having lower levels of self-worth than the men and women who eschewed Tinder.
Yikes. Has anyone checked in on new Tinder user Ryan Lochte yet?