Sociology and dating
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These days, the word “date” means that we have a babysitter for a few hours, giving us time to grab a cheeseburger and a beer.
Sixty years ago if you were of marrying age, you’d most likely select someone based on how your parents felt about it; how healthy the person appeared to be; how good/moral their character appeared to be; and how stable their economic resources appeared to be. These are the types of questions and answers we consider when we study dating and mate selection.
Now of those, how many would you be attracted to as a date and how many can you tell just by watching them that you’d probably never date?
But, however, it is widely unclear how these different competing logics – the ideal of romantic love on the one hand, the principals of efficiency and economic rationality on the other – are actually interwoven in the practice of online dating and how people deal with the contradictions and ambivalences that may appear as a result.
In addressing these topics, the project aims at making an innovative contribution to the international discussion about new forms of dating on the internet and the change of the social patterns of couple formation in general.
Online dating came along just at the right time – a magical solution for a world where many people now spend long periods of their lives unwillingly unattached.
There are lonely twenties and thirties something singles, optimistic divorcees keen on chancing that second marriage market and all sorts of older single folk hoping to find someone to add a spring to their step.
Mit einer schnellen Touchgeste auf dem Smartphone entscheidet man, ob man prinzipiell Interesse an einer Person hat oder nicht.A second body of work analyzes online dating primarily as a new tool to enhance the efficiency and rationality in the process of couple formation.In this kind of research, rational choice theory and the classic concepts from the economics of the marriage market are especially prominent.What matters is that you know if you like it or you don’t. Being able to describe a person based on a set of characteristics isn’t very useful.It’s the full experience of spending time with someone that tells you whether you like a person or not.