Some of these ways of communicating online are asynchronous (meaning not in real time), such as You Tube and some are synchronous (immediate communication), such as Twitter.The modern world provides two new ways to find love — online matchmaking and speed dating.
Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.
Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).
Online relationships are similar in many ways to pen pal relationships.
This relationship can be romantic, platonic, or even based on business affairs.
Does mate selection differ when those looking are presented with an almost overwhelming number of potential partners, but limited to a few photos, statistics, and an introductory paragraph about each one? In one survey of Australian online daters, 85% said they would not contact someone without a posted photo, so physical appearance is indeed important (Fiore et al., 2008).
A 2008 study in which participants rated actual online profiles confirmed this, but also explored the criteria that made certain photos attractive (Fiore et al., 2008).
Psychological scientists have been studying attraction, love, and romantic relationships for decades, but online matching and speed dating have given researchers unprecedented opportunity to explore who’s attracted to whom and why.
Take Your Pick For millions of years, humans have been selecting mates using the wealth of information gleaned in face-to-face interactions — not just appearance, but characteristics such as tone of voice, body language, and scent, as well as immediate feedback to their own communications. Or are words the key to someone’s heart (or at least their inbox)?
Not everything in here is entirely surprising — at one point the researchers note that “men prefer physical fitness in women gained via yoga, aerobics and gym, not via rugby and bodybuilding.” But there are some interesting, useful nuggets aswell: Pick a screen name near the front of the alphabet: The researchers claim that “A variety of measures of success [in the offline world] …