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Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives.

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1 Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, Jennifer Lambert, Leslie Reyes, and A. Herlinda Sandoval

2 Background Internet usage has becoming increasingly popular as a means for communication, information, consumerism, and service- furthermore it is used as a form of mate selection online dating Potential problems caused by evolutionary psychological perspective of dating: rewards, physical attractiveness, and historical/social/cultural evolution of dating What are the technological variants or dimensions that render the consumption of online dating services appealing to others? Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,

3 Video h?v=97P--MAZOr8 Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,

4 Methods 247 undergraduate students Participants had to meet the criteria of previously had visited or used a dating or an online social interaction site Questionnaire (measured based upon the Likert scale) was distributed and asked questions based upon the following about experiences when using online dating sites Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,

5 Conditions Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,

6 Overall Online dating allows individuals to search for and secure emotionally and psychologically satisfying relationships with potential dating partners Which increases their chances for reproductive survival Predict that as more people become familiarized with computers there will be an increase in sites and attributes that the users adapts to Included a theory that eventually will be the reproduction of PC human surrogate machines Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,

7 Criticisms Strengths and Interesting Points Provided an evolutionary perspective on why online dating is surviving-potentially safe mate selection With the increase of computer usage and online social media, this is interesting to see as the mating culture evolves and communication methods are changing as well Weaknesses Small sample size Did not indicate the method of selection and whether or not it was random Should have included a control group to compare and contrast differing opinions about online dating Mahfouz, A., Philaretou, A., & Theocharous, A. (2008). Virtual social interactions: Evolutionary, social psychological and technological perspectives. Computers in Human Behavior, 24,


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