Internet dating impact society
But the most fascinating result of all was that men—not women—who used Tinder had the lowest levels of self-esteem.That may simply be because so many more men than women use Tinder, the researchers speculate.When you spend time with someone in the company of others, you can learn a lot about his attitude and personality, such as how he treats the waiter in a restaurant or whether he gives money to a homeless person on the street.A famous cartoon in the New Yorker proclaimed "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." One negative aspect of online dating is that people may lie, or exaggerate, about themselves to attract others who might not otherwise be interested in them.Throughout human history new technologies of communication have had a significant impact on culture.
You can quickly and efficiently scour your city, state or an entire nation as you search for someone to date.Some of this is about timing— technology a decade ago was squarely in the pre-Facebook, pre-smartphone era, and just ten years into the development of the commercially popular Web.Those who were already together as a couple at the advent of a new platform or technology were a bit more likely to jump on together, as a unit, while those who begin relationships with their own existing accounts and profiles tend to continue to use them separately as individuals.They were also more likely to think of themselves as sexual objects, to internalize societal ideals about beauty, to compare their appearances to others and to constantly monitor how they looked, the researchers found. “If they used Tinder, they reported more negative scores on all of our measures,” says Trent Petrie, co-author of the paper and professor in the psychology department at the University of North Texas.
“We thought that was pretty interesting, given the fact that gender usually plays a role in how women and men respond to these types of questionnaires.” Women, it turns out, usually feel the worst about themselves.
Put yourself on Tinder, and you might end up with a date—or a crippling case of negative thoughts about yourself.