The Psychology of Internet Dating

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You’re single, perhaps
painfully so. The large pool of potential partners that school or university
provided is starting to seem like it was a lifetime ago. You’ve moved to an
unfamiliar city for work or to get away from the past. You stick to your tried
and trusted old friends and there seems little chance of meeting new people.
Internet dating may look like a good option, a last hope even, of meeting some
new people.
Encouraging research from the
University of Bath suggests that internet dating might be more than a passing
fad. A new survey asked 229 internet daters about their experiences of internet
dating. What relationships had they had online? How long did they last? Was it
all a complete waste of time and money? The results were perhaps surprisingly
upbeat. 94% or people who had built up a significant online relationship went
on to meet up more than once in real life.
“The more the couple engaged
in simultaneous online chat before meeting rather than simply e-mailing one
another, the more they were found to depend on one another emotionally and the
more they understood one another.”
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.