After all, wouldn’t you prefer to meet someone who appreciates you for who you really are? Revealing the ‘real’me, searching for the ‘actual’you: Presentations of self on an internet dating site.
A new report from the Imperial College Business School and online dating service e Harmony, has predicted that, by 2040, almost 70% of relationships will be formed by people who met online. Relationshopping: Investigating the market metaphor in online dating.
We’re taking a look at the wider research that’s been done on this topic, to bring you some evidence-based tips on how to navigate the world of online dating as it takes a bigger role in the way we meet people. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27(4), 427-447.
In many ways, online dating can make things much easier, streamlining the process and removing some of the challenges associated with meeting people offline.
Flirting with someone face to face can be quite stressful, especially if you feel self-conscious or nervous about meeting new people. Online Dating A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science.
If that sounds like you, it might feel like a big risk to put yourself in front of someone you find attractive and try to make it clear that you’re interested. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13(1), 3-66.
Meeting people in an online environment takes a bit of that pressure off.
Using a dating website takes a lot of the ambiguity out of your intentions, and might help you put yourself out there in a way that feels less vulnerable than approaching people out in the world .
On the flip side, the emotional distance created by the online space also makes it easier for the less pleasant aspects of dating like a hasty break-up or an ‘emotional brush-off’ . Attachment, breakup strategies, and associated outcomes: The effects of security enhancement on the selection of breakup strategies.
The ability to break up with someone via text message or email has meant we’ve already seen an increase in passive break-ups like changing a Facebook status to ‘single’ or just stopping communication . Journal of Research in Personality, 46(2), 210-222.