People who have signed up to online dating are less happy with their face and body, worry more about being attractive and compare themselves to others.
The findings affect more than nine million people in Britain who have used a dating site or app.
Lead author Dr Jessica Strubel, from the University of North Texas, said: ‘Social network site users, anticipating the scrutiny of others, may become acutely focused on themselves, and try to present an image, through their posted photos, that approximates societal beauty ideals and accentuates their appearance.‘Over time, this self-promotion and impression management, particularly when not validated (eg swiped left), may only worsen levels of self-objectification and body disparagement and lower self-esteem.’The study, conducted by the University of North Texas, compared 100 users of dating site Tinder with more than 1,000 non-users.
People were put in the user group if they had an online dating account with Tinder and logged on two to three times a month or more.
Those who have never looked for a partner online were found to spend much less time thinking about their appearance because they were not being ‘validated by others’.
The US study, published in the journal Body Image, states that dating sites give people only a short space to write about themselves, so that they are mainly judged on their photos.
self-esteem, you probably don’t believe that you’re a very appealing package for someone to date.
When you feel insecure or stressed, low self-esteem often causes you to engage in any of the following behaviors – each of which will quickly sink any relationship. Perhaps no other behavior turns off others quite like neediness.
Get out your magnifying glass and see if any of the behaviors outlined below resonate for you. Men and women understandably get turned off by extreme clinginess or neediness because they are looking for an equal and a romantic partner; they aren’t looking to take care of someone else as if that individual were a child or a psychotherapy client.
Men and women want someone who complements their life, not someone who drains their energy.
In the study, researchers asked a group of 1,300 mostly college kids to rate how they generally felt about themselves through questionnaires and self-reports.
Questions like Compared to people who weren’t on the dating app, Tinder users had lower levels of self-worth, reported being less satisfied with their faces and looks and were more ashamed of their bodies.
Focusing on activities that absorb some of your mental energy helps, too, by taking the focus off of your significant other and balancing it with other things. To kick your jealous streak to the curb, first admit that you have an unhealthy jealousy streak.