But while everyone gets to feel equally shitty about being judged on their looks, and men experience the same negative effect on their sense of self, only male Tinder users seem to experience decreased ego and develop feelings of exploitation. Even men who had above-average levels of self-esteem fail to withstand the negativity of Tinder, and repeated use resulted in diminished self-confidence.
TinderThe screen that launched a thousand therapy sessions.
Researchers did warn that this could be a classic chicken and egg situation -- that online dating could simply draw more insecure men, and that only confident, stable, manly men dare to approach women in real life. (Clearly, they've never seen the borderline sexual assault in countless pickup artist videos on YouTube).
Taking Instagram Pictures Really DOES Make Your Food Taste Better
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Instagram is the reason we all know what our friends would look like if they'd gotten their picture taken with a crappy camera from the '60s. But even on this Mecca for the self-involved, there's still a social media caste that is universally reviled by everyone: people who take pictures of their food. Even restaurants are getting in on the foodie hate, banning people from taking photos of their food by claiming it's an irritation and distraction for other patrons. Which is their loss, because scientifically speaking, no one enjoys their food more than someone who has just documented it for all their social media followers.
Amanda Kooser / CNET Few things are more appetizing than trolling your friends about how you're eating and they're not.
Multiple studies have found that taking pictures of your food with Instagram does make the food taste better. Researchers from the Journal of Consumer Marketing claim that the act of sharing photos of your food significantly enhances the flavor and taste, after you've put the phone down and gotten around to eating it. After all, everyone deserves to get the best culinary experience their Hefe filter can muster.
Instagram / Mashable It's not delivery, it's deceptive.
The science behind it? One study cites the momentary active delay in consuming your food, which increases the length of time you savor it. Those few extra mouthwatering moments of anticipation have an impact on the flavor of your lunch. Another study shows that ritualized behavior makes food more flavorful and savory, and there's nothing more ritualistic than staring at your food through the lens of your camera and then letting it sit there as you dutifully type in a bunch of hashtags. Indeed, Foodstagramming might prove to be the greatest spice in history. We'll soon be at war with Spain over it.
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