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PRA > Volume 1, Number 4, December 2019

Online Dating: Is Hooking Up the Goal?

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DOI: 10.22606/pra.2019.14001

Author(s)
Lindsey Almond, Kate Taylor Harcourt-Medina, Alan Taylor
Affiliation(s)
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States
Department of Human Development and Family Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, United States
Department of Human Development and Family Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, United States
Abstract
This study examines how gender interplays with emerging adults’ intentions and outcomes when using online dating. Symbolic interaction and evolutionary theories are used to understand how evolutionary symbols are associated with online dating, impacting intentions and outcomes. Utilizing a sample of 229 emerging adults, between 18-30 years of age, regression analyses show online dating intentions and outcomes associated with online dating (e.g., whether it was a casual or sexual relationship or if their desired partner demographics were matched), are predicted by gender. Men were found to both seek casual, sexual relationships and have casual, sexual relationships when using online dating more than women. Though online dating has promoted a new path towards dating through technology, these results suggest online dating is similar to traditional dating. Further research is needed to examine the effects of gender on relationship quality, longevity, and theories of online dating relationships.
Keywords
Dating, online, romantic relationships, gender
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