The ways to flirt and meet people have evolved, times have changed, and the era of new technologies has entered our lives. Dating apps, as well as apps in general, are in vogue.
Who would have thought that dating apps would interest psychology?
The Ways To Flirt And Meet Have Changed In The Age Of New Technologies
For some people, without the help of a computer, cell phone, or dating apps, it is difficult to interact with others. For others, it is simply a matter of convenience. And for many others, the full realization in their lives of the new technological age.
This is why psychology is interested in dating applications. The way we relate to and interact with others has changed from a few years ago. And we took an abysmal leap from the way we used to build relationships. To meet new people. Or to approach the conquest of another person.
Applications are invading the screens of our smartphones. The offer is huge, and so is the area that interests us. A curious fact revealed by studies is that we typically don’t use more than six apps (along with all the ones most of us have installed!). Surprising, isn’t it?
-Why is psychology interested in dating applications?
Social science interest in the role technology plays in emotional relationships has grown with their popularity.
Psychology has seen the need to get involved, seeing the impact that dating apps have on our society and the root of the data studies provide on the subject.
A study by the Pew Research Center found that 27% of people in relationships said the internet had had a huge impact on their relationship. Whether in a positive or negative way.
More interestingly, thanks to the popularity of smartphones, at least 30% of respondents said they felt closer or more intimate when texting with their partners, and that they settled some arguments more easily.
However, 33% of those surveyed said they felt ignored during their partner’s time on their phones.
Relationships and technology
The use of mobile devices has been associated with both the beginning and the strengthening of relationships. When it comes to the start of the relationship, the speed of location-based or micro-dating dating apps is remarkable. To name a few: Tinder, Grindr o Flirtie (Alvídrez & Rojas-Solís, 2017).
The range offered by dating apps makes dating easier through “trial and error” compared to more random or traditional ways of getting dates.
-Who are most likely to use dating apps?
The few profiles developed around Tinder, for example, point out that the most sociable, impulsive people with a constant need for new emotions are the most likely to engage in casual sexual encounters (Carpenter & McEwan, 2016).
On the other hand, Carpenter & McEwan (2016) point out that socio-sexual orientation is another possible moderator of these encounters: “people who have a greater restriction in terms of sexual relations prefer to have intimate encounters only with people with whom they have a stable relationship. On the other hand, users without such restrictions will be more likely to have casual relationships with sexually attractive people without seeking to have a long-term relationship. “
Ways To Meet People Change With The Advent Of Technology
On some occasions, we may have wondered how an app could know so much about us. More than the people around us. No one is really exempt and we probably know someone who has used apps to flirt, or even ourselves. And who has maintained or still maintains a stable relationship. The ways of flirting have changed, as have the motivations and possibilities.
With dating apps, people can navigate the app, view endless photos and different user profiles, almost as many as they want. Just take a look and swipe your finger to accept or reject. We used to meet in school and in social circles, but now all we need is a finger.