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Match’s 2017 Singles in America Survey – Part 1

February 28, 2017
Match’s 2017 Singles in America Survey – Part 1

Match’s 2017 annual Singles in America Survey is up – see it here. It’s a summary look and contains some pretty interesting factoids. But I like wading into the weeds with social science research, and Match was kind enough to share their source data with me. In the next few posts, I’ll tease out some of […]

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Sexual Narcissism

February 16, 2017
Sexual Narcissism

Studies of narcissists have shown that they score low in both relationship and sexual satisfaction. Since narcissists are dedicated to maximizing their own satisfaction, and because they tend to have more sexual partners, their reporting lower sexual satisfaction appears counterintuitive. This question led to the development of a specific Sexual Narcissism Scale. What is sexual narcissism? “With […]

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Is Playing Hard-to-Get a Good Dating Strategy?

December 15, 2016
Is Playing Hard-to-Get a Good Dating Strategy?

In the paper Playing Hard-to-Get: Manipulating One’s Perceived Availability as a Mate, researchers Jonason and Li looked at dating from a Supply-side Economics perspective. This dictates that scarcity in the supply of a good increases its price. Playing Hard-to-Get (HTG) is an attempt to create the impression of limited availability in hopes of driving up one’s perceived value. […]

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Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

September 27, 2016
Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

Until fairly recently, scientists have assumed that a key purpose of kissing is to prepare a couple for intercourse by promoting sexual arousal. But recent research shows that while arousal may result from kissing, the purpose of kissing is more about assessing the other person’s suitability as a mate initially. Later it’s about maintaining pair […]

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Sexes Share the Same Relationship Dealbreakers

January 27, 2016
Sexes Share the Same Relationship Dealbreakers

Superstars in the relationship science field recently published new research on the importance of dealbreakers in romantic relationships. Relationship Dealbreakers: Traits People Avoid in Potential Mates by Jonason, Garcia, Webster, Li and Fisher (2015) revealed that dealbreakers vary minimally between sexes, and much more between short-term vs. long-term mating strategies. The research comprises six studies and over […]

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