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Where romantic relationships meet internet behavior
Martin Graff Ph.D.
Upward social comparisons have been linked to body image concerns. Women with positive body image cite exercise as a means to increase their well-being.
Cuffing is associated with a need for touch. Affectionate touching such as holding hands generally lowers high blood pressure and irritability.
In short-term relationships, altruism may be undesirable. But behaving altruistically is a good strategy for men when attracting a long-term partner.
Ancestral men who could run and successfully track prey would also have been desirable to women. Couples who run together today report having more sex.
Five ways men can enhance their attractiveness.
More than half of people in committed relationships report having a back burner. Should those who've been back-burnered hold any hope of a future relationship?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the need for sex on a daily basis is associated with greater Tinder use.
Attractive women prefer more developed muscles in men, with upper body muscles are important.
Do group photos and the perception of popularity influence people's dating prospects?
Women use emojis in their texts and social media posts more often than men do. This research may explain why.
How depression and social anxiety can change dating patterns.
Physical features and status are certainly important. But research suggests that these things may matter just as much.
Your online dating profile is your "shop window." These tips could help you make it more effective.
Understanding the relationship between social media and infidelity.
Do males still prefer attractive females?
Are gender preferences for wealthy partners smaller in countries with greater gender equality?
Ghosting offers a safe way to dissolve a relationship—and short-term ghosting might just be due to forgetfulness.
Male mate poachers are rated as more sexually attractive and intelligent than female poachers, research shows.
Seven ways to enhance your online profile picture to attract dates.
In a recent study, women cited the benefits of their relationship as a reason for not cheating far more than men. Agreeableness affected men’s reasons for not cheating, but not women’s.
A study of 47 distinct flirting traits reveals what really appeals to men vs. women.
An evolutionary perspective: Disease threat may encourage sexually diverse mating strategies.
Perceived vulnerability to disease is related to lower interest even in attractive online dating partners, and virtual contact is no substitute for physical contact.
Men of low mate value employ strategies such as direct guarding of females. Men of lower socioeconomic status and lower mate value engage in more domestic violence.
Seduction requires the flexible use of a man’s voice. Successful men employed a higher pitch voice in initial courtship and a lower, more monotone voice at a later stage.
People tend to like us more if we disclose to them. Online disclosure is dependent on anticipated face-to-face interaction in the future.
Understand the psychology of how we behave at Christmas.
A desire to belong influences the frequency of viewing, liking, and posting images on Instagram. But does it have a positive or negative effect on our well-being?
Twenty percent of men admit to opening their partner's phones at night while their partner sleeps.
The role of emojis in dating.
We tend to like other people more as a result of disclosing to them, so think of what you'll ask and what you'll answer.
Martin Graff, Ph.D., is a Reader and the Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales.