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The association between frequent online dating app use and online objectification

Overbeek, Daan (2021) The association between frequent online dating app use and online objectification.

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Abstract:In this study, the association between frequency of online dating app use and selfobjectification, mental well-being, self-esteem and body satisfaction was examined through analysis of secondary data of a cross sectional survey study. This study also examined whether these associations were moderated by gender or sexual orientation. A total of 165 participants were included who all used online dating apps or had used them in the past. Through Spearman‘s Rho analysis no significant associations were found of frequency of online dating app use on self-objectification. Also regression analysis showed very little evidence for moderation; only an effect was found for gender between the association of frequency of use and self-esteem. Results implicate that the objectification theory framework might not be explanatory for the relationship between frequency of use and objectification. Further research is recommended in order to investigate if the sociocultural theory framework may be more suitable to understand the relationship between frequent online dating app use and objectification instead. Future recommendations are research into the relationship between frequency of use of dating apps and self-esteem to see if this relationship is mediated by self-objectification/body surveillance of trough (appearance based) rejection and the conduction of a longitudinal panel study with multiple waves to assess the associations between online dating app use and different psychological and body image indicators over time with a large and diverse group of respondents to be able to make inference about the associations over time for these groups.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85788
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