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The Relationship between Online Dating, Self-Esteem and Body Image

Malz, Emily (2020) The Relationship between Online Dating, Self-Esteem and Body Image.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between the frequency of online dating usage and self-esteem and to find out whether body image concerns moderate this relationship. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to explore users’ frequency of online dating, their self-esteem levels with a possible moderation effect of body image concerns. A sample of 264 participants completed the survey, which involved demographic questions, questions about the frequency of online dating usage, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and the Subscale “Body Image Concerns” of the Body Uneasiness Test (BUT). The results of the analysis revealed that body image concerns are negatively related to self-esteem levels. However, the results of this study indicate that frequency of online dating usage is not related to levels of self-esteem and/or body image concerns. Although the correlation was not significant, the effect sizes for the relationship differed on different levels of body image, showing a quite large effect size for people who score high on body image concerns. The results suggest that the frequency-time on online dating platforms does not predict self-esteem levels, and therefore, people who use online dating more often, can be less worried that it might affect their self-esteem negatively.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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