Internet Initiated Relationships
Robert J. Stephure has Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering, Math, and Psychology from the University of Calgary. His research interests focus on the interface between technology and the ways people meet and become attracted to one another. Even before the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut the door on making new connections in person, the past decade or so had seen countless people bemoan their inability to connect with strangers in person.
Some of the most common reasons provided by those who believe online dating has had a positive effect focus on its ability to expand people’s dating pools and to allow people to evaluate someone before agreeing to meet in person. These users also believe dating sites and apps generally make the process of dating easier. On the other hand, people who said online dating has had a mostly negative effect most commonly cite dishonesty and the idea that users misrepresent themselves. We created an online survey designed to gather broad descriptive data concerning people’s experiences with online personals ads and Internet-initiated romances. We then contacted the webmasters at several academically oriented social psychology websites (e.g., PsychCentral.com and psych.hanover.edu/research/exponent.html) and asked them to place a link to the survey on their websites. Data were collected over a period of approximately 18 months from 13 August 2003 through 20 January 2005.
For every profile that comes after the first one, try to approach it with a ‘beginner’s mind’—without expectations and preconceptions, and filled with curiosity. By shielding yourself from choice overload, you may finally find what you have been looking for. If you are single today and looking for a partner, you may consider yourself lucky. Before online dating emerged on the internet, dating was usually restricted to the other single people you might meet at work, in school, or in the local pub. But online dating has made it possible to date virtually anyone in the world—from the comfort of your own living room. It’s also important to do some research about the app you decide to download and find out how it works.
More than half of Americans (54%) claim relationships in which couples meet through dating tech are equally successful compared to those that begin with in-person meetings. Only 38% believe such online-christened relationships are doomed from the outset. In our first study, we presented research participants with pictures of hypothetical dating partners.
There are also couples who meet through online communities, online games, chat rooms, social media, social networking sites, etc. But the dating site and apps are responsible for the rapid uptick in couples meeting online. We can’t really say from our data which ‘works’ better than others, but the search for love through online dating sites and apps seems to be the most direct path into a relationship,” Thomas said.
Lastly, results for geographical exogamy revealed that respondents who met their match via dating apps had to travel significantly greater distances to see their partner than those who met offline. Dating platforms do not seem to promote significantly more moderate-distance relationships, but they do have a positive effect when it comes to facilitating long-distance unions. When it comes to single people looking for romantic partners, the online dating technology is only a good thing, in my view. It seems to me that it’s a basic human need to find someone else to partner with and if technology is helping that, then it’s doing something useful.