For participants who were still married, the questionnaire included a battery of questions that social psychologists use to assess relationships.For example, respondents were asked, "Please indicate the degree of happiness, all things considered, of your marriage." They were also asked to rate their level of agreement with statements about their spouses such as, "We have chemistry," and "We are able to understand each other's feelings." Since e Harmony has an obvious conflict of interest, Cacioppo asked two statisticians with no connection to the company, Elizabeth Ogburn and Tyler Vander Weele of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, to analyze the answers.After controlling for demographic differences between the online and real-world daters, those differences remained statistically significant, the team reports online today in the .
I chose to model seven positive anticipatory emotions (PAEs) and 10 negative anticipatory emotions (NAEs) on three dimensions of behavioural volition: territory planning, account-specific planning and effort.
When online dating started gaining widespread attention a decade ago, many people considered it creepy.
But after the exponential growth of dating websites such as Match and Ok Cupid, online dating has become a mainstream activity.
Cacioppo is a scientific adviser to e Harmony, one of the largest online dating sites.
He convinced the company to pay for an online survey of Americans.