A FLIPBOOK BY | EMILY LIU
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Social media platforms have caused changes in several
aspects of human interaction, including with those which
we are romantically involved with. It has enhanced our
connection with one another in all stages of our
relationships; from our first impressions to the capturing our
most vivid and valued memories.
ENHANCE . ROMANCE
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ALL THE SINGLE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
Out of 35,851,774 Canadians
7,587,028 men and 6,658,591 women
That’s approximately 21% and 18% respectively.
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THE FIRST IMPRESSION
We judge people based on looks, proved
through our usage of apps like Tinder. A
pictured profile is worth more than a
thousand words. .
We judge one another’s personalities
online, through Facebook. Less visible
traits such as one’s openness is often
accurately judged online. .
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Simon Hattinga Verschure
JUDGING AN ONLINE PROFILE
Subtle cues such as misspellings in the online environment are
important clues to one’s identity
For instance, one participant said she looked for
profiles that were well-written, because “I just
think if they can’t spell or … formulate
sentences, I would imagine that they’re not
that educated.” .
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• 15% of U.S adults report that they have used
online dating sites or mobile dating apps
• Of the 15%, 59% believe that it is a great way
to meet people, as of 2015 .
• Online dating is most popular amongst those ages
18-24 (27%) and 35-44 (21%) .
• 5% of Americans who are in a marriage or a
committed relationship say they met their
significant other online .
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on Laptop in Her Office” by Viktor Hanacek
TOP 10 DATING APPS
4. Coffee Meets
10. Align .
TOP 10 DATING sites
10. BlackPeopleMeet .
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A CLOSER LOOK AT
§ 53% of Tinder’s audience is between 18 and 24.
§ The mobile app has grown to be the third-‐
most popular in the United States since
launching in September 2012.
§ The average Tinder user spends an astonishing
77 minutes a day on the app .
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FALLING IN LOVE THROUGH TECH
Experiment with 32 paired up
individuals, allowing 55 minutes of
conversation through text:
• 81% of participants exchanged
contact information at the end
of the conversation .
• 47% said they would contact their
• 16% reported feeling the same
level of closeness to their
partner as they do to the closet
person in their lives .
easier to discuss personal
topics through text. .
By 2040, a projected 70% of
couples will meet online .
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GOING “FACEBOOK OFFICIAL”
40% of those in their 20’s said they wouldn’t put a
relationship status on Facebook. .
71% of those in relationships go Facebook official
once, in the first flush of romance, until the social
embarrassment of the online break-up .
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Couples who post more about their relationship on
Facebook report being happier and feeling more
The opposite is also true: less interaction online
results in less closeness offline. .
‘The couple who Facebooks
together stays together’
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can provide a buffer against
stress and pain.
SOCIAL SNACKING: the
element of distance and forced
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IN A 2009 STUDY:
A painful stimulus hurt less when a
woman either held her boyfriend’s hand
or looked at his picture; the pain-dulling
effects of the picture were, in fact,
twice as powerful as physical
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ISSUES WITH FACEBOOK
There's also the problem of separation
between online identity and the lives we
maintain in the physical world, which is hard
to bridge. Facebook posts are relentlessly
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by Viktor Hanacek
RISKS WITH ONLINE DATING
• A high amount of personal information online. In 2012, over a million
user passwords were stolen
• “Young apps don’t prioritize security and safety” – Jonathan Mayer,
computer scientist and lawyer affiliated with Stanford's Center for
Internet and Society .
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• 10% of sex offenders use online dating to meet
• The FBI received 6,000 complaints about
“confidence fraud and romance” from people who
reported being swindled out of a total of over $82
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woman enjoying Morning Relax in Bed”,
by Vikor Hanacek
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1. Be completely honest in your profile and photo,
don’t lie about your personality
2. Protect your identity and anonymity, don’t
provide too much personal information
3. Take your time getting to know someone on-
line. Studies show that relationships develop faster
4. Arrange to meet in a public setting
5. Publicize the amount of your relationship on
Facebook to a degree that makes you
comfortable, you do not have to go
“Facebook Official” to make the relationship official
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Social media has altered the stages of romantic relationships, from initiating to
experimenting, intensifying and bonding. As emergent technologies continue to
permeate our personal relationships we must recognize its role (allowing
relationships to escalate, persevere or decline) as it provides access to constantly
gather, interpret and evaluate information about potential, current and past
romantic partners .
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