Believe the internet dating companies and it’s all sweetness and light, with wedding bells ringing in the distance; believe the media scare stories and it’s all lying, cheating, perverted social misfits. Fortunately, now there’s enough research to suggest what’s really going on.So, here are my 10 favourite psychological insights on internet dating. The feature explores the issue of why some people choose to send graphic images to other website users without consent.
These studies found no evidence that people use online dating because they can’t hack it face-to-face. People’s motivations to start online dating are many and various, typically involving a triggering event like a break-up, but overall Barraket and Henry-Waring (2008) have found that people’s motivations are less individual and more social.
Her research looks at how different genders interact on dating websites and how this links to offensive or insulting behaviour.
She said: “People who use online dating can experience hostile, rude or even sexist behaviour from other users, such as unwanted, sexually aggressive messages, unsolicited nude images, and sexualised threats or insults.“My research explores how these experiences might be gendered.
A non-profit group that discusses being single and the option not to marry for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.
Also houses numerous statistics on being single, open relationships and cohabitation before marriage.