Mental Health and Tinder


In the modern-day there’s a lot of emphasis on dating particularly through social media and Tinder is amongst a dozen dating apps that look to exploit that. In this post, I am going to explore the impact Tinder has on our self-esteem and overall mental health.

Match Chat Date

 ‘Match Chat Date’… if only it was that easy. Tinder advertises their dating app as a three-step process which can be quite misleading. There certainly isn’t any process to follow that will guarantee you a date for the simple reason that humans don’t function like that. It’s unnatural to try and force something and a match doesn’t even guarantee you a reply let alone a date.

Right of Left?

 Tinder follows a simple procedure—you swipe right if you find someone attractive or left if you do not. There is a limit (unless you purchase premium) as to how many profiles you can swipe right on within a set-time limit. Now for example, let’s say you swipe right on 20 profiles in a day and yet there is not a single match, this can lead one to assume that they haven’t been liked back resulting in lower self-esteem and frustration.

Super Like

 The un-paid tinder subscription permits you with one super-like a day which can be used on a profile you find more attractive than any other. Tinder has introduced a ‘daily hot picks’ section which features the most popular profiles throughout the day. As a male, it can be particularly damaging to self-esteem when there is no recognition after you super liked a profile—hence why I restrain from doing so.

Unmatching

 In some cases, a match will unmatch you whether you’ve had a brief conversation or not it can damage self-confidence. Some people use Tinder willy nilly meaning that they swipe right on all profiles to see how many matches they can accumulate—the problem with this is the person on the receiving end may end up with false hope and ultimately a pie in the face.

Stats

A study showsthat only around 50% of matches message back which means that a lot of the time your message is either ignored or forgotten about. This can often lead to lower self-esteem and a deep resentment towards one’s personal appearance.


With this in mind, I appreciate that Tinder can provide benefits so I’m not completely against the idea but this post focuses solely on the drawbacks.

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Mental Health and Exam Season



I’m currently busy preparing for January exams which, in my opinion should be a crime considering they’re so soon after Christmas. I mean we barely get any time for ourselves during the break but such is life. In light of this, I’ve decided to create a post on exam stress and how it can affect our mental health.

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Diet

The most drastic change I’ve noticed would be my diet. Meal-prepping simply takes too much time so I often skip a meal during exams to cram in more time for revision— not the healthiest of ideas I know. Your diet can have an impact on your state of mind, not only can being hungry make you feel miserable but a poor diet can increase the risk of mental health issues by a staggering 80%. My advice? Try and maintain a healthy diet and if you slip into bad habits, be sure to put this right after the exam window.

Exercise

 According to the NHS, exercise impacts our mental health by altering chemicals in the brain which lead to positive thoughts. Although I definitely try to maintain a strict gym routine during exams I skip sessions in order to prioritise work. Instead, perhaps take a daily walk or jog to stimulate your body. After all, exercise is a great opportunity to take your mind off work for a while.

Boredom

 Yes, I said it. Revising is to put it bluntly, boring. If you disagree, then well lucky you. Personally, I don’t find it entertaining in any shape or form although some topics I find more interesting than others. Once exams are over hopefully that boredom will just disappear but there is a risk that it can develop into a variation of depression. I wouldn’t worry too much though, after-all its pretty normal to feel bored during exams.

Social interaction

 Funnily enough, as someone who suffers with social anxiety I often view the exam season as an excuse to become a recluse. After a while though, it can lead to extreme boredom and even loneliness so it’s important to take a step back from work to spend time with your friends or family. The human brain needs social interaction it’s a big factor in our happiness and our relationship with others often determines how we perceive ourselves. Yes, avoid distraction but allow time for socialising too.



Want to tackle exam stress? Check out this guide steered at helping teenagers manage stress during exam period!

If your reading this and preparing for your own exams let me know in the comment section below or maybe you’ve got a work project coming up which is consuming all your time— I’d love to hear about it.

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