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Where romantic relationships meet internet behavior
Martin Graff Ph.D.
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 images and posting images on Instagram.
Sense of belonging leads to relationship satisfaction
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.
Are there certain types of people, or certain types of relationships, where people are more likely to check up on the online activity of their partner?
When viewed around other attractive people, will we be judged as less attractive by comparison? Males are perceived as being more attractive when seen with attractive females.
Disclosing information and having information disclosed to us facilitates liking. But communicating too much and too long online may make meeting face-to-face difficult.
Is "phubbing" now just socially acceptable? People who are addicted to their smartphones use them even if it is dangerous or discourteous.
How do others perceive bragging on Facebook? What about when users promote their friends' accomplishments?
Are we really making prudent and sensible decisions on Tinder? Do females respond more quickly than males?
Lesbian women appear in online dating wearing caps and hats more often than straight women. Gay men more often show themselves performing activities such as yoga or dance.
Men who are considered "attractive" by women do not necessarily rate themselves as having high mate value.
The important thing in your online dating profile is to outline your own personality and interests.
Female trolling has recently increased in dating apps such as Tinder, where the users may be soft targets.
Dating sites that suggest matches increase users’ levels of satisfaction and enthusiasm for those sites.
Do you think you use your smartphone too much? If so, what might motivate it?
Females aged 18-24 appeared in their profile photos with hedgehogs. Posting pictures as groomsmen or bridesmaids may send out a subtle message that you want to marry.
People in romantic relationships report flirting for pleasure, and males are more likely to flirt via text for control and relaxation.
The opportunity to change our minds leads to lower levels of satisfaction: The more options, the more ‘what might have been’ thinking.
Is taking excessive selfies a disorder—or is it a normal way to behave in the age of social media?
Do people overestimate their chances of success in online dating? Higher levels of relationship satisfaction is reported where partners had met online.
Fifty percent of those who engaged in sexting reported experiencing positive outcomes in their relationships.
It's not just the behavior, but also the context and intention that matter to partners.
Martin Graff, Ph.D., is a Reader and the Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales.