What Psychologists Say About Online Dating

A psychologist may just be the very expert we need to help us figure out the what’s what on online dating. It’s no secret that technology is slowly changing how people meet online. Because of this, the dynamics are changing, and people don’t go through the same process of online dating as they used to.

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Psychologists’ Take On Online Dating

An insight into how people of today choose their matches can prove to be valuable. Is it because of a person’s photo? Or, is it the person’s Shakespearean words on a dating profile? Let’s see what psychologists have to say about this.

Appearance

With today’s swipe-left, swipe-right culture, it’s easy to see that what online daters value more today is physical appearance. Interestingly enough, a study entitled Personality Judgements Based on Physical Appearance found evidence that people can spot extraversion, emotional stability, and self-esteem based on pictures. However, Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says that looks can fool you into thinking a person has a great personality. Eventually, a person’s true personality will show through.

Takeaways:

  • Update your dating site profile picture.
  • Don’t choose your dates based on how they look. Everybody wants to be with someone attractive, but let’s not disregard character and personality.

Similarities

First, let’s talk about similarities in facial features. Lisa DeBruine, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow in U.K, says that people who resemble each other find one another trust-worthy. That’s about as far as it goes, she said, because we’re naturally programmed not to find members of our family (people who look very similar to us) attractive. Another interesting study made by James W Pennebaker, a psychologist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, says that couples who have similar speech patterns may prove to be a good match.

Takeaway:

  • This is just another proof that appearances are not everything. Dating a person who looks like a model does not guarantee for the relationship to last.

Well, that was insightful! Despite how most online daters prefer someone who looks like Venus or Adonis, it would be beneficial for us to see what’s beyond looks. Don’t forget to share this post! And, check out the rest of our blog too.

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