Male Tinder users think they are entitled to use unattractive women however they want, new research has suggested.
The study found that men often believe that if they go on a date with a woman who is less attractive than depicted in her dating profile, then they “have a licence to use the woman as they see fit” to compensate for the perceived “breach of trust”.
Sociologists at Manchester Metropolitan University conducted the study by questioning male Tinder users in Manchester and Cheshire about their dating habits. The study primarily focused on heterosexual male-female relationships.
Presenting the research at the British Sociological Association’s conference yesterday, study author and senior lecturer in sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University Dr Jenny van Hooff, said: “Many of our respondents felt let down on meeting a woman and on feeling a visual representation hadn’t been accurate.
10 Famous People You Could Date On Tinder
10 Famous People You Could Date On Tinder
1/10 Hilary Duff
A year after splitting from her husband Mike Comrie, the newly single Lizzie McGuire child star has started a profile on Tinder so she can date normal folks, like you or I.
2/10 Leonardo DiCaprio
OK, so the days of Titanic poster boy Leo might be dead in the water, but that hasn't stopped famous lady's man Mr DiCaprio from making himself publicly available. According to "a source" he's been swiping away as a "Leonard".
3/10 Katy Perry
"I’m really deep on Tinder so I don’t have a whole lot of time," the pop singer told one radio station following her split from John Mayer for the umpteenth time last year.
4/10 Shane Warne
Lock up your mothers - Shane Warne is just 13km away, according to his profile. The former cricketer landed himself in hot water via the dating app when a mother-of-two from Adelaide cashed in on their apparently steamy Tinder hookup.
5/10 Lindsay Lohan
Imagine Lindsay Lohan's face when she was happily swiping through Tinder one day and came across her own brother? “Look who I just found on @tinderapp ... hey bro,” she tweeted.
6/10 Chris Pine
Whether he's actually on there RIGHT NOW, at this VERY MOMENT, remains unclear. But Chris Pine did tell Cosmopolitan recently: “I have a couple of buddies who use Tinder. Whatever eases the process is great, since it can be awkward or uncomfortable meeting someone.”
7/10 Lily Allen
Is very much married to a builder. But that hasn't stopped her enjoying the contagious swipe action in her spare time. “Just discovered tinder,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “*waves goodbye to life*”
8/10 Ed Sheeran
What do you mean you wouldn't want to date pop music's favourite Fraggle, Ed Sheeran? Well you can't. "I got offered the first verified Tinder account," he admitted. However, he added: "I did say no. I haven't got time to go on loads of dates." He wants to play music, or something. No idea.
9/10 Britney Spears
Jimmy Fallon added the singer to the app himself in September 2014 after she split up from David Lucado. Whether she used it or not...
10/10 Samuel Preston
OK, so we've swung down market somewhat. See also Calum Best and the entire cast of Made In Chelsea. They're all on there. Happy swiping.
“Some of our respondents felt that this breaking of trust was a licence to use their date as they saw fit, thereby speeding up intimacy and undermining it at the same time.”
Dating expert Hayley Quinn told The Independent: “Online dating apps like Tinder inevitably encourage people to judge one another on physical appearance. Due to the perceived abundance of partners online this can also prompt people to be less willing to commit, especially when apps encourage you to ‘keep playing’.
“However, it’s too simplistic to believe that all men are predatory and all women have to fear this. My best advice to anyone wanting to use an app is to be very clear about your own boundaries for commitment and intimacy and to stick to them. If you’re looking to form a relationship then be up front about this and take your time getting to know someone- that advice goes for men and women”, she added.
Since its launch in 2012, Tinder has become one of the most popular dating apps in the UK. The smart phone based app allows people to search through other users near-by and swipe either right or left to indicate whether they are interested in them. Once two people both swipe right, they match and can then contact each other.
Some users say the app has revolutionised online dating by its simplicity and popularity but critics claim it encourages shallow judgements based on peoples’ appearance and promotes casual encounters. Around the world, an estimated 800 million swipes happen every day.Reuse content