Psychological characteristics of internet dating service users

The results make clear that the intensity of using Internet dating platforms can be predicted on the basis of factors such as sociability, self-esteem and subjective importance of a partnership.

Interaction effects show that among the people who are sociable and exhibit a low self-esteem Internet dating is pursued more intensely if romantic relations take a high value.

But then one cold night in November, I met a Match date in a bar in Greenwich Village.

I had a date for the next Saturday night for seven years.

They gathered their data using a number of standardized questionnaires and psychological measures.

The researchers found that people who are more “sociable are more likely to use Internet dating services than are those who are less sociable.

Although there is much reported about this phenomenon in the media, scientific studies on this subject are rare.

Journal: Journal of Business and Media Psychology ISSN 2191-5814Volume: 1; Issue: 1; Start page: 8; Date: 2010; VIEW PDF DOWNLOAD PDF Original page Keywords: Partner search | Online dating | Online dating services | internet dating ABSTRACT In search of a romantic partnership nearly half of all German singles are using internet-dating-services (Schultz & Zillmann, 2009).

The results are discussed in the light of previous findings and their utility is represented for the practice.

1 Internet Dating in Germany Searching for a partner through the Internet has become fashionable.

When my marriage ended 11 years ago, I went online. They loved to ski, surf, go to the theater, travel to exotic places, go for walks on the beach, run marathons and read. "People present themselves in the best light online," he said.

So I signed up for, which has more than 21.5 million subscribers. One woman wrote me, "Unlike Popeye, I am NOT what I am but if nothing else I am kind and compassionate and to top it off I am interesting and exciting." None of the women on Match were boring. Philip Muskin, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, is not surprised.

There’s a particular psychological profile that researchers have discovered of users of Internet dating services.


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