Research papers dating and self esteem
DENVER — Whether they’re swiping left or swiping right, male users of the popular dating app Tinder appear to have lower levels of self-esteem and all users appear to have more negative perception of body image than those who don’t use the app, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.“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,” said Jessica Strübel, Ph D, of the University of North Texas, who presented the research that she co-authored with Trent Petrie, Ph D, also of the University of North Texas.
This research could be used to assist in finding appropriate matches for romantic relationships as well as to help relationship counselors to address issues of jealousy. One of the oldest social psychology questions still remains to this day to be conclusively resolved.In the past, there have been countless studies done to explain what causes two individuals to be attracted to one another and just as many more to clarify the raw emotion of romantic jealousy.Yet, there has been little research found that discusses both jealous personality types and individual preferences in potential significant others.The elements of self-esteem that they were taught included that self-love is the greatest love of all; that they shouldn’t care what others think as long as they make themselves happy; that they are special and capable, regardless of what they do or don’t do; and that they should look out for themselves, and always put themselves first.Essentially, they were taught to be what Twenge refers to as an, “army of one”.these criticisms of Millennials are largely accurate.
Twenge uses data derived from extensive research to give an overall view of Millennials and how they compare to other generations.
While this study was primarily aimed toward women (hence the larger number of women in the study) and their perception of objectification and self-esteem, the researchers say the results suggest that men are just as affected by exploitation and low self-esteem as women, if not more.
“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,” said Strübel.
If two users deem each other acceptable, then they are “matched” and can begin communicating with one another.
In the study, 1,044 women and 273 men (mostly undergraduate students) were asked to complete questionnaires that asked about their use of Tinder as well as about their body image, sociocultural factors, perceived objectification and psychological well-being. Both male and female users reported less satisfaction with their bodies and looks, compared to non-users, said Strübel, but only male Tinder users reported lower levels of self-esteem.
Impact of jealousy ratings on the way one rates their potential significant other was researched by survey to 129 students from a small Midwestern university, 18 years of age or older.