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Dating apps don't exist in a vacuum — they're essentially just digital platforms where society's existing views on bodies play out.
"I feel like the entire culture has changed so much," she says. Everyone is just judging based on appearance."That said, the idea that apps are to blame for people's obsession with their prospective partners' looks isn't completely fair.
So it's not hard to imagine why plus-sized women are often ignored, ridiculed, and/or fetishised on dating apps.
Fortunately, sites seem to be trying to combat this problem.
"We conducted research [internally] that found that there was an increased time spent in evaluating potential profiles that were in monochrome," says Meredith Davis, head of communications for The League.
"We found that not only did users spend more time evaluating each profile, but that [users] were nice and gave people more of a shot when shown the monochrome profiles." Davis didn't provide information on how many profiles were tested or why black-and-white photos, specifically, led to greater engagement, but she says the research showed that interaction with profiles went up "across the board, regardless of the profile user's hair colour, skin tone, body shape, etc." But it's hard to tell at this point how effective these measures really are across the board.