99 + matches but a spark ain’t one: Adverse psychological effects of excessive swiping on dating apps

Autor(en)
Marina Frederike Thomas, Alice Binder, Anja Stevic, Jörg Matthes
Abstrakt

Studies showed adverse experiences related to the use of dating applications such as Tinder. However, it remains unclear by which mechanism and under which conditions dating app use has undesired effects. As a mechanism, we investigated excessive swiping, operationalized as youth's mental preoccupation with profile browsing and swiping compulsivity. As moderators, we investigated swiping in assessment (i.e., critically evaluating profiles), and locomotion (i.e., taking intuitive gut decisions) modes. To this end, we surveyed a quota-sample of 464 transition age dating app users (16–25 years old). Moderated mediation analyses showed that dating app use was associated with excessive swiping, which was in turn linked to a) upward social comparison, b) fear of being single, and c) partner choice overload. In conclusion, frequent dating app use was related to undesired outcomes only when it was related to excessive swiping. Neither assessment, nor locomotion mode moderated these relationships; thus, excessive swiping is detrimental for young dating app users’ well-being, no matter how they swipe.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Journal
Telematics and Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Journal on the Social Impacts of New Technologies
Band
78
ISSN
0736-5853
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2023.101949
Publikationsdatum
2023
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Networks and Communications
Link zum Portal
https://ucrisportal.univie.ac.at/de/publications/99--matches-but-a-spark-aint-one-adverse-psychological-effects-of-excessive-swiping-on-dating-apps(221f803c-8220-4ec7-930a-b51da05e7dde).html