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Online dating is an increasingly popular way to meet potential partners, and many people end up in a relationship with someone they met online.
As a psychologist who has studied attraction, I felt certain that science could offer a better understanding of romantic attraction than all the self-help experts, pick-up artists and agony aunts in the world.
And so I began researching the science of how we form relationships.
Contrary to the stereotype, there’s little evidence that internet dating is the last resort of social misfits or weirdos. Internet daters are more likely to be sociable, have high self-esteem and be low in dating anxiety (Kim et al., 2009; Valkenburg, 2007).
The latest research in the US shows that the partners in more than a third of marriages that took place in the past seven years met online, and there are indications that those marriages are marginally more stable and happier than the relationships where the partners met in other ways.
But meeting a person through an online dating service, social networking or email introductions can create a lot of anxiety and stress and can also involve some risk.
At Psychology Melbourne we have psychologists who specialise in online dating support and advice.
They can help you manage your stress and make good decisions.