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Online dating and body dissatisfaction among men and women

Marschall, I. (2020) Online dating and body dissatisfaction among men and women.

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Abstract:The research purpose of this study was to test whether body dissatisfaction differs between online dating users and non-users, and whether it is related to higher frequency use of online dating. Moreover, it was expected that gender and the social motive to use online dating moderates the relationship between online dating use and body dissatisfaction. A sample of 229 online dating users and non-users (men = 79, women = 150) completed an online survey and answered questions about their demographics, their online dating use, and their body dissatisfaction. No correlation between online dating app use and body dissatisfaction (face nor body) was found. Further, the relationship is not found to be dependent on gender and/ or social motives. A curvilinear relationship was found between the frequency of online dating use and body dissatisfaction, with users who indicated using online dating once a week showing a higher level of body dissatisfaction compared to those who indicated using online dating more or less than once a week. It can be concluded that online dating use was not found to have an influence on users’ body dissatisfaction, neither was gender or the social motive to use online dating apps found to have an influence on this association.
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/82323
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