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Swipe for self-esteem decline? : The impact of usage, frequency, and type of online dating applications on self-esteem

Faesing, Lea Marie (2020) Swipe for self-esteem decline? : The impact of usage, frequency, and type of online dating applications on self-esteem.

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Abstract:In this study, based on the sociometer theory and the assumption of a great likelihood of social rejection and self-criticism prevalent among online dating applications, the main effect of online dating application usage, online dating application usage frequency, online dating application type and its interaction with frequency and type in relation to self-esteem was examined. In total, 229 participants divided into online dating application users and non-users partook in a cross-sectional online survey. By simple and multiple regression analyses no significant difference between users and non-users, regardless of the impact of frequency, type or the interaction between frequency and type were revealed. However, the analyses conducted in this study highlight the fundamental relevance of online dating application usage in the 21st-century dating life and thereby the need for future research in this field. The current study can be understood as groundwork, which points out directions for supplementary studies including investigation of the continuity of the impact of online dating applications by applying longitudinal study designs to ascertain effects over time, a standardized approach for categorization of past online dating application users, and examination of the interaction of online dating application usage with other variables that influence self-esteem positively or negatively.
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/81546
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