According to a new American study published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, the dating apps would tend to cause users to over-control their weight.
Conducted among 1,769 adults, the study reveals that making oneself vomit, using laxatives, or even fasting were relatively frequent practices among users of dating applications.
Comparing the behavior of people who used dating apps (183 women and 209 men) with those who did not (1,377 people), the researchers found that Six unhealthy weight-control behaviors were much more likely for dating app enthusiasts: vomiting, use of laxatives, fasting, diet pills, muscle building supplements, and anabolic steroids.
In this group, about half of the participants said they were in control of their fasting weight, one in five women and one in three men said they vomited to control their weight, while25% of women and 40% of men said having used laxatives. Not surprisingly, men using dating apps were much more likely than women touse steroids and muscle-building supplements.
“While we don’t know if the people in our study had engaged in these weight control behaviors before using dating apps, we are concerned that the use of these image and appearance-centric services will exacerbate these behaviors”, Commented Dr. Alvin Tran, lead author of the study. For the researchers, if this study shows only a correlation and not a causal link, it could still highlight a trend in weight control among followers of dating apps, since many studies show forward such a link.