A new survey says dating apps like Tinder are making people self-conscious

Huggle cofounders Valerie Stark and Stina SandersHuggleHuggle cofounders Valerie Stark (left) and Stina Sanders.

A new survey has found that 62% of people say dating apps like Tinder make them feel self-conscious and even depressed about their appearance.

80% of female respondents said that they have edited the photographs they upload to dating apps, and 45% of women said they had considered plastic surgery to improve the way they look online

The survey of 1,500 people was carried out by dating app Huggle, which is trying something different to Tinder, Bumble or other apps that use “face-swiping.” Instead, Huggle matches people based on the locations they go to. It works in a similar way to French dating app Happn.

This isn’t the first dating app that tries to move away from liking or disliking people based on attractiveness. Another British app which did the same thing was FuzzyBanter. It automatically blurred people’s photos and instead let them match based on their interests. Users could reveal themselves and unblur their images.

Huggle has received investment from Andrey Andreev, the Russian entrepreneur who cofounded dating app and social network Badoo. Huggle was founded by model Stina Sanders and gardening blogger Valerie Stark. Sanders recently decided to change her Instagram account to focus on “honest” photographs, and claims that she was forced to quit a modelling agency because of the change.

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