Relationship Ideals and Romantic Rejection in Online Dating

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Description: The broad purpose of this study is to establish how experiences of rejection on a (bogus) dating website impact mate choice, We also hope to examine the role of ideal partner standards and flexibility in mate choice on a dating website pre and post rejection. We also seek to explore whether these relationships are impacted by self-perceived mate value, self-esteem, and rejection sensitivity. Finally, we hope to establish whether reported ideal standards align with responses to purportedly public dating profile descriptions.

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Project update (April 27th, 2018): Due to the way the study was set up in SONA, many people who participated in Part 1 did not participate in Part 2, and did not read the debriefing form for Part 1, and therefore did not give consent for their data to be used. Thus, we have approximately 20 viable participants from Part 1 and 40 from Part 2. These numbers are quite low, so we intend to make sever...


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    This page will outline the materials and procedures used in this study. For a highly detailed description of the process, see Ethics Application, and ...

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