Online Dating – Why it can’t work

Dr Martin Graff

Wednesday, March 2 2016 at 7:30PM

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Dr Martin Graff

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 Romantic relationships play a huge part in our physical, social and emotional well-being. Successful relationships promote better health and even aid in faster recovery from illnesses. Not surprisingly, most of us seek to find a romantic relationship. However, should we resort to online dating to find this? Drawing on psychological research, this talk focuses on seven reasons why we shouldn’t. Some of the principal considerations are that we make bad decisions in online dating and people are certainly not what they seem to be meaning that such a matching system is not a good predictor for the sustainability of relationships in a face-to-face context.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist.  Over the years he has carried out research in the areas of cognitive processes in web-based learning, individual differences in website navigation, online interaction and the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline. He has also carried out research in the areas of online persuasion, and online disinhibition, and has supervised several doctoral degrees in this area.
He was formerly a member of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee, which oversees the running of Psychology degree programmes at British Universities. In 2013 has was invited as a visiting research professor to State University of New York, Cortland, USA. Dr Graff has written over 50 scientific articles, published widely in the field of Internet behaviour, and presented his work at numerous International Conferences. He also writes a blog in Psychology Today.