Part of the reason for this according to founder Justin Mateen, is that mobile phones – and smartphones in particular - have become so ubiquitous.
“Mobile phones have become an extension of who we are,” he tells The Huffington Post.
The settings tab allows you to choose whether you want to be matched with men or women or both, how far away you are willing to search (i.e. Pictures of potential suitors pop up on your screen one by one along with their ages (your age is also pulled from your Facebook profile), and whether you have Facebook friends or mutual interests in common.
“But in general, we can say that when you use any of these current social media platforms, you’re putting yourself out there for potential evaluation,” Petrie says.
Here’s a little dating advice from the psychologist: consider why you're there.
Research by other groups indicates that most people on Tinder are there primarily for entertainment, not for finding sex partners or a date (let alone true love), which may help explain the findings.
The study can’t determine whether Tinder people felt worse about their bodies, whether people with low self-esteem just tend to use it more, or some other reason.
“We thought that was pretty interesting, given the fact that gender usually plays a role in how women and men respond to these types of questionnaires.” Women, it turns out, usually feel the worst about themselves.
But the most fascinating result of all was that men—not women—who used Tinder had the lowest levels of self-esteem.The app then matches you to other Tinder users in the area around you – whether you’re at home, at work, in a bar, or on a trip.The app is free to download, and only takes a few seconds to install. Photos are automatically pulled from your Facebook profile pictures (the app allows you to delete whatever you don’t want available).Then you can see how far away they are from you at this moment (i.e.2 miles or 10 miles), how long ago they were active on Tinder (i.e.That may simply be because so many more men than women use Tinder, the researchers speculate.