Scientists have found that dating apps lead to eating disorders
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found that dating app users are more likely to develop eating disorders (EDDs). The findings of the study conducted by scientists were published in The Journal of Eating Disorders.
Eating disorder is an eating disorder that can be expressed in overeating, fasting, bulimia, guilt, disgust or anxiety before or after eating, adherence to strict food rules or rituals, and so on. As a rule, the occurrence of RPP speaks of psychological problems.
Nearly 700 users took part in the study. Participants answered questions regarding dating and nutrition apps. They also underwent a psychological assessment of various traits associated with the onset of eating disorders – sensitivity to rejection based on appearance, fear of negative evaluation, and dysregulation of emotions.
The results showed that participants who reported using dating apps were more likely to report eating disorder symptoms compared to those who did not. In addition, if the user used self-esteem apps, then the likelihood of detecting eating disorders was higher. According to scientists, this is due to the emphasis on the appearance of a person in applications.