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Dating apps like Tinder 'lower self-esteem and increase depression', a study claims - Tuesday briefing

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Hook-up culture can have an adverse effect on a user's body image, sense of self-worth, and mental health

Anna Freeman

29 Mayo 2018 12:25

Hello, this is Anna bringing you Tuesday's top stories from around the world.

Today's headlines

Tinder and body image

Dating apps have seen a cultural explosion. Match.com has more than 7 million paid subscribers, an increase from 3.4 million in 2014. According to Tinder, the app generates 1.6 billion swipes per day, leading to 1.5 million dates (an average of one or two per user) a week. However, the popularity of online dating may also affect how we perceive ourselves, often in a negative light, according to a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed journal Body Image. About 1,300 (mostly) college-age students were asked about their engagement with apps like Tinder, and the study found that men and women who use the app appear to have lower self-esteem than those who don't. In general, Tinder users reported less satisfaction with their bodies and looks than non-users, study author Jessica Strübel wrote.

Starbucks anti-bias training

Coffee giant Starbucks will close about 8,000 company-owned locations on Tuesday afternoon to offer 175,000 employees compulsory anti-bias training. Participating stores will close around 2 p.m. to 3 pm, local time. Starbucks announced the training soon after two black men were arrested and filmed at a Philadelphia Starbucks in April. A store manager called the police because the men were sitting in the store without placing an order, and they were later arrested for trespassing.

Trump- Kim summit

One of North Korea's most senior officials is believed to be travelling to the US, as preparations for a possible summit gather pace. South Korean news agency Yonhap said Gen Kim Yong-chol was due to arrive in the US on Wednesday. This could be part of preparation for a proposed meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, which was thrown into disarray after Trump announced he was pulling out last week. But both sides have been working to get the summit - scheduled for 12 June in Singapore - back on track.

Police inquiry launched

Police in New Jersey have launched an inquiry after a video emerged showing an officer punching a woman in the head during an arrest. The footage, posted on social media on Saturday, shows three officers from the Wildwood Police Department attempting to detain Emily Weinman, 20, as she relaxed on the beach. Weinman was later charged with illegal possession of alcohol on the beach and for resisting arrest. Two of the officers have been placed on administrative duty, officials said.

Abramovich becomes Israeli citizen

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, has been granted Israeli citizenship and will move to Tel Aviv, an Israeli government spokesperson has said. Abramovich had faced unusually long delays in renewing his UK visa, which had expired, sources told the Reuters news agency. Israel’s interior ministry confirmed the offer of citizenship on a local television station on Monday. ‘Roman Abramovich arrived at the Israeli embassy in Moscow like any other person,’ an Israeli government spokesperson told Channel 10. “He filed a request to receive an immigration permit, his documents were checked according to the law of return, and he was indeed found eligible.’

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