DOES ONLINE DATING LOWER YOUR SELF-ESTEEM?

Online dating will damage your self-esteem and leaves people more upset about how they look.

A study has found putting pictures online, to be judged by strangers who can swipe right if they like you or left to reject you, only leads to insecurity.

People who have signed up to online dating are less happy with their face and body, worry more about being attractive and compare themselves to others…

The US study, published in the journal Body Image, states that dating sites give people only a short space to write about themselves, so that they are mainly judged on their photos.

Maybe, maybe not. It all depends how you use it. In my experience, many women actually treat their Tinder experience as an ego boost. Particularly if a recent end of a relationship has left them feeling less confident and less secure about themselves, as the end of a relationship can, being “liked” by or matched with a number of men can help to nurture that “I still got it” feeling. Secondly, it also depends how choosy or selective you are with matches; if you swipe right on only one or two out of a hundred and then match with neither, you cannot reasonably draw any conclusions about your appearance or desirability – on the other hand, if you swipe right on all hundred and still get none, you probably can. The real life is somewhere in between, and that’s what Tinder is, a reflection of life, our likes and preferences, and our behaviours, if perhaps somewhat magnified by the limits of the online experience.

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