Through a variety of online platforms we seek old and new friends, business partnerships and collaborations, employers and employees and of course, we seek candidates for those relationships most dear to us, romantic relationships.
This chapter cannot attempt to address the vast area of how technology changes the ways in which we interact in all of our relationships, but rather will focus on the influence of technology and the Internet on our romantic relationships, in particular how we find those relationships through online dating.
Now, researchers conclude that when dating online, you are not able to objectively select the right partner for YOU.
Researchers (VU Amsterdam & University of Sydney) investigated the Simply put: they studied if people are able to OBJECTIVELY determine how attractive they find someone when scrolling through a stream of pictures. They found that whether you find someone attractive or not, depends A LOT on the last seen picture.
With more than 50 million active users on Tinder we can conclude that online dating is pretty popular.
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To quote researcher Erik van der Burg: The scientific explanation for this is the following.
When you perceive something, this is being processed in your brain’s visual areas.
Social psychologists suggest that this approach to online dating creates the potential for the way in which profiles are presented in relation to one another to subtly affect people’s dating choices.
A study led by Stephanie Spielmann, of Wayne State University, examined how contrast between two consecutively viewed profiles affected people’s dating preferences.