Dating and mating psychology
These discrepancies mimic ancient survival tactics, explains Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos, Psychology lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.“Our research demonstrates that we haven’t really changed in all those millennia of evolution,” she said.Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their profile.“Tinder is seen as a sophisticated but artificial way of meeting prospective partners. The study also found that female Tinder users were less trusting and were more conscious of “catfish” users who might be hiding behind fake profiles.“What we’ve shown though is that the way people search for potential dates is in line with what evolutionary theories on human mating choices would predict.” She explained that the findings might come down to the “Mc Donaldisation” of dating that Tinder perpetuates, given that we expect speedy and satisfying results like we would at a fast food restaurant. The research was compiled through a series of surveys, conducted on male and female Tinder users who the psychologists recruited from Facebook.
Some 22% of online daters have asked someone to help them create or review their profile.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
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Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.