Scientifically verifiable downsides, according to new research from University of North Texas, who have discovered that individuals using the app feel lower levels of psychosocial well-being and body satisfaction than those who don't use the dating service.
Not entirely surprising results given the appearance based nature of the app. You literally swipe yes or no when you see pictures of people - but the results about men in particular were surprising
Researchers asked a group of 1,317 college-aged men and women to rate how they felt about themselves in questionnaires that included questions like 'How satisfied are you with your thighs?' and 'How likely are you to make physical comparisons to others? '
They used the answers to make a correlation with individuals self-esteem and found those that used Tinder reported having significantly lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and had more pronounced experiences of body shame. Those busy swiping left or right were more likely to view themselves as a sex object, compare their appearances to others and obsess over their appearance.
And if you were looking for any further reasons to delete the app, male Tinder users came out with the lowest self-esteem of any category whether using the app or not.
"The men, in essence, are put in a position that women often find themselves in, certainly in the dating scene: They're now being evaluated and are being determined whether or not somebody is interested in them [based on their looks]," says co-author of the study Trent Petrie. "Men may be more likely to get more swipe-lefts. And that can take a toll, perhaps, on those young men."
Is it time to start meeting people at the pub again?