In the first study described above, we found that women are generally more inhibited in viewing and messaging than men are.In this study, we find that this inhibition is reduced when dating on a mobile device.According to American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari in his book Modern Romance, in 2012 “only 12 percent of American women had asked anyone out in the previous year.” His TV show on Netflix, Master of None, has been acknowledged for often reversing the stereotypical gender roles, with male characters expressing emotions that are characterised as “female,” and has pushed us to think about the new reality of technology-mediated dating.
It still shocks me that it took the United States until 2015 to allow gay couples to marry who they want to marry.Once gay couples can marry, adopt kids, live freely and proudly in their own skin, without harsh judgments from others is when we are given a cookie.Same-sex marriage is not gay privilege, it’s equal rights. Or that a gay couple doesn’t have to pay for their wedding.My co-authors and I tried to dig a bit deeper into the mobile phenomenon and how it relates to behaviour in online dating.
In particular, we were interested in understanding how the impulsivity and ubiquity of access enabled through mobile applications could potentially alter the behaviours we see in “traditional” online dating.
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