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The effect of online dating frequency on body image

Labes, N. (2020) The effect of online dating frequency on body image.

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Abstract:Online dating platforms are a popular form of social networking sites (SNS) which give users the opportunity to choose potential partners from a large selection of people. However, recent findings suggest that online dating use may cause body image concerns, which can be a serious threat to both mental and physical health. It was hypothesized within the context of the current study that self-objectification and the internalization of societal beauty standards respectively mediate the relationship between online dating frequency and body image concerns. Both online dating users and non-users were recruited to fill in an online questionnaire (N = 143). The two mediations were analyzed using the bootstrapping technique. No direct effect of online dating frequency on body image concerns was found. However, it was found that self-objectification mediates this relationship, albeit in the context of an indirect-only mediation. It was also found that the internalization of societal beauty standards does not mediate the relationship between online dating frequency and body image concerns, but the previous finding that internalization predicts body image concerns could be confirmed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81540
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