Female participants from a Midwestern university (N=82) were asked to read scenarios describing a hypothetical date.
In one scenario, the prospective date was only previously known through an online social networking site, while in the other scenario, the date was previously known through brief face-to-face interaction.
Abstract: Romantic relationships have been a primary factor in human life.
Research suggests these relationships provide numerous benefits, including; enhanced well-being, greater happiness, more excitement, greater stimulation, higher levels of emotional security and more mature emotional development.
I suspect that the latter statistic is an underestimation, as many people who support and use online dating still make up stories as to how they met one another IRL (my friends included).
I assume this is because people want a romantic story that inspires both awe and “awws” from their friends. Research has shown that media (movies, TV, etc.) can influence our relationship-related beliefs.
ABSTRACT: This research examines how online dating technology affects the experience of mate selection and courtship among Muslim American women.
After reading the scenario, participants rated the importance of engaging in self-protection behaviors if they were in the date situation being described.
As we predicted, participants assigned greater importance to self-protective behavior after reading the online meeting scenario than the face-to-face scenario.
I’m a relationship researcher, which means that I study romantic relationships from an academic perspective.
No, I’m not a relationship therapist, though people often get the two confused.
The UK’s online dating market is booming with its value rising by over 70% in the last five years to reach £165m, new research shows.
The report by market research group Mintel forecasts that the market will continue its strong growth to reach £225m by 2019, but warns that concerns over safety and online abuse must be addressed.
Results indicated that participants generally rated their partners as more insecure than themselves, and participants who rated themselves as having a secure attachment were evenly split between dating partners who they classified as insecure or secure.
This finding suggests that secure attachment is viewed as desirable and indicates that future research could focus on how to increase the development of a secure attachment style.
My Online Dating Past A few nights ago, I gave a talk on the connection between the science of relationships and Seinfeld, yadda yadda yadda …
sure enough, the audience questions at the end focused on how to find “the perfect match.” One person specifically wanted to know where and how I met my husband. The crowd seemed pleased with my honesty, but a little shocked that I didn’t have a long romantic “how we met” tale.