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Why online dating doesn’t work

Past Event
WED 27 JULY 2016, DISCUSSION STARTS 6.30PM
HORSE AND TRAP, 3 ENFIELD ST, MT EDEN

Dr Martin Graff.

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There is much evidence that being in a good relationship can be beneficial to our health, happiness and general well-being. However, should we resort to online dating in the pursuit of a happy relationship? Psychological research would seem to suggest that online dating may not be the easy answer.

Come along and hear Dr Martin Graff talk about the reasons why we should be cautious in our online dating pursuits. For example, people make bad decisions in online dating and often who we contact are often not what they appear to be. Additionally, there is no evidence that the algorithms employed by dating sites which purport to match us with a desirable partner actually work in reality. However don’t despair; Dr Graff will also touch on how to maximize your chances in an online dating environment.

Bio

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales, UK, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. He has researched cognitive processes in web-based learning, the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline, online persuasion and disinhibition. He has written over 50 scientific articles, published widely in the field of  Internet behaviour, and presented his work at numerous International Conferences. He writes for Psychology Today magazine and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Internationally.