People who use Tinder and other dating apps are more likely to develop eating disorders, take laxatives or use steroids & # 39; around bodies like & # 39; unrealistic & # 39; to get celebrities
- Researchers from the University of Harvard studied the behavior of people in their twenties
- People using dating apps were more likely to have unhealthy eating habits
- They are aware of being compared to celebrities in their online profiles
People who use dating apps such as Tinder can be up to 27 times more likely to use drastic or unhealthy techniques to stay slim.
Intentional vomiting, taking laxatives and even the use of anabolic steroids is more common among dating app users, a study found.
Researchers found & # 39; unrealistic & # 39; Desires to look like celebrities on television and social media are driving people to harmful behavior.
And an estimated 50 million people around the world have registered with Tinder. Scientists warn experts to better understand the harmful effects.
Researchers said that social media and TV shows & # 39; ideal & # 39; reinforce body images that encourage men to become more muscular and women slimmer, which can drive them to drastic weight loss measures (pictured: Love Island participants Anton Danyluk and Amber Gill – the show is known for displaying young people with extremely cut bodies, also not mentioned in the investigation)
Researchers at Harvard University in Boston have examined 1726 adult men and women looking for links between their eating habits and online presence.
They found that men who used dating apps, including Grindr, Bumble and Happn, were between 3.2 times and 14.6 times more likely to have what the researchers called unhealthy weight control behavior.
And for women, the risk increase was even greater, with odds of 2.3 to 26.9 times as high as those who didn't use the app.
App users were more likely to make themselves sick, take laxatives, fast or use diet pills, muscle-building supplements or anabolic steroids to look good.
People may be desperate for a certain way because of beauty ideas promoted by famous people, the scientists said.
Those who use dating apps are especially aware that they are constantly being reviewed by potential partners in a swipe-right culture online.
& # 39; Studies suggest that mass media – from television, magazines to social media – contribute to body dissatisfaction by perpetuating dominant ideals for body image for men and women, & # 39; write Dr. Tran and his colleagues in their newspaper.
DATING APPS BLAMED FOR RISING STI RATES
Clinics are struggling & # 39; In order to cope with the rising numbers of STDs, since dating apps encourage informal sex, experts have warned.
Syphilis cases have increased by half in Wales between 2016 and 2017, and record numbers of people over 65 receive syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in England, figures have shown.
Experts and doctors in the field have warned about the rapid turnaround of partners and the increase in casual sex fed by online dating apps that make achieving an STI more likely.
And they also make it more difficult to make contact with partners from the past who may not have mutual friends.
Dr. Olwen Williams, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, told it BBC in October: & # 39; The frequency of app hook-ups and dating apps used as a type of medium for access to sexual activity appears to have increased considerably.
& # 39; What we can say about sexual mixing and sexual networking is that things have changed considerably.
& # 39; We are seeing a real increase in STDs. If we only see more tests, our figures look a little different, but it feels that way.
& # 39; Certainly in my career I have never seen so many gonorrhea or syphilis in my area. & # 39;
& # 39; For men, this culturally constructed, dominant ideal is often someone who is generally muscular with little body fat.
& # 39; For women, the thin ideal is often the idealized social norm for the female body, although the pressure to achieve this ideal may vary from race to ethnic group. & # 39;
Millions of people are confronted with images of curvy women with a small waist and thick lips alongside sculpted men with bronzed six-packs and are led to believe that this is an ideal standard.
Icons can be presented to people on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram or reality TV shows such as Love Island, which will start next week.
And people who look at it are more likely to be dissatisfied with their own bodies because they don't look the same, the researchers said.
Nearly two-thirds of the people involved in the Harvard study were women (63.6 percent) and most were white, between 18 and 30 years old and heterosexual.
Among those who used dating apps, 44.8 percent of women and 54.1 percent of men reported fasting to try and control their weight.
This compares with 27.1 and 27 percent of non-users.
About 36.4 percent of the app-using men said they had vomited to try to stay slim, as did 22.4 percent of the women – an increase of 5.3 and 5.9 percent.
More than a third of men on dating apps (36.4 percent) admit that they use anabolic steroids, which are illegal, as well as 15.8 percent of women.
Among those who do not try to look good when using steroids, only 1.4 percent is for women or 3.8 percent for men.
Dr. Tran added: & although we don't know if the people in our study were already engaged in this weight management behavior before we used dating apps, we fear that using these image and appearance-oriented services could to aggravate.
& # 39; With the huge growth in the use of dating apps … and an increasing number of studies linking their use to body image problems and UWCB's, there is a need to further understand how dating apps affect health behavior and affect the results. & # 39;
The research was published in the Journal of Eating Disorders.
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