Using dating apps like Tinder leads to body dissatisfaction, body shame, low self-esteem

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    Users of hookup culture dating apps like Tinder - that encourage self-objectification through accepting or rejecting a possible match based on their physical appearance - have a more negative perception of body image than non-users, a new study finds.
    According to the research, Tinder users report lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and have a lower level of self-worth than male and female study participants who did not use Tinder.
    Tinder is an online dating app that matches couples based on their physical attraction to one another. Tinder boasts 50 million active users who use their phone as a handheld singles club and is particularly popular among young adults aged 18-24 years.
    The unique selling point of Tinder is the swipe - the ability to approve or disregard a profile picture at the flick of a finger. If a person likes the profile of an individual, they swipe right; by swiping left, they "pass" on that profile. If both individuals deem each other acceptable, then Tinder puts the two users in contact, and they can begin communicating.
    The authors point out that while receiving compliments from other users can boost egos, validate worth, and feed narcissistic tendencies, the act of being scrutinized, evaluated, and objectified may serve to make individuals more body conscious and lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and general psychological distress.

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