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In general, the mass media has been linked to body image concerns [12].

Studies suggest that the mass media - from television, magazines, to social media – contributes to body dissatisfaction by perpetuating dominant body image ideals for men [13] and for women [14, 15].

Given dating apps are a form of non-traditional media that provides a digital environment where users are being evaluated based on their physical appearance, we hypothesize dating app users will demonstrate elevated rates of UWCBs compared to non-users. Chan School of Public Health conducted an online survey as part of the Harvard Chan Physical Activity Study.

Dating app use is common among both men and women and these apps are often used to find romantic and sexual partners.

Speculation has grown over the frequency of dating app use and its relationship with body image dissatisfaction.

In a study of nearly 1000 participants, Strubel and Petrie (2017) compared body image concerns between users and nonusers of the dating app Tinder.

For men, this culturally constructed, dominant ideal is often one that is generally muscular with little body fat [16].

For women, the thin-ideal is often the idealized social norm for the female body [17] although the pressure to achieve this ideal may vary across racial/ethnic groups [18, 19].

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