Tinder can reveal a lot about your self-worth

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Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 4.15.47 PM A study presented by the American Psychological Association has revealed that men, in particular, who use the dating app have self-esteem issues, while all users view their self-image in a bad way, compared to people who do not use the app. Speaking to Science Daily, Dr Jessica Strübel, said "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." "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." She also added that, "Although current body image interventions primarily have been directed toward women, our findings suggest that men are equally and negatively affected by their involvement in social media.” It is not the app itself that causes the self-esteem issues, but the research tells us a lot about the mindset of people who are attracted to such apps said the researchers. Further research will hopefully reveal even more. Well, over 50 million people subscribe to the app. Maybe we should all hold hands, sing kumbaya, while we build each other up!

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