As conventional, binary notions of sex and gender morph, becoming fluid and multidimensional, looking only at biological sex to understand why we seek the relationships we seek is ever more misleading and inaccurate. Sociosexual Orientation as a Dominant Predictor in Online Dating Strategies.
Looking at factors like sociosexuality, which cuts across gender and biological sex, will help us better understand our motives for dating and mating. Evolutionary Psychological Science, published online 16 May.
Researchers wondered if sociosexuality determines motivations for online dating, and if so, how much of a role these sexual attitudes and behaviors play above and beyond biological sex.
The current study In the current study, Hallam and colleagues surveyed a group of 254 people — 57.9 percent women, heterosexual, average age of 30 years.
Other factors may be programmed into the genome, but we are only beginning to sort out what is what — and sex isn't either/or anymore. In order to look more deeply at an under-recognized yet crucial dimension of modern mating which may shape our increasingly online dating preferences, Hallam and colleagues repeated prior studies with an important twist.
Researchers first ran the data without including sociosexuality in the model.
They found that biological sex was a statistically significant predictor of what people wanted to get from online dating, following the expected pattern of men wanting more partners, and women wanting more commitment.
Moreover, with increasing age came increasing motivation to use online dating for both love and casual sex, bolstered by the ease of communication, but less driven by excitement and self-validation.
They also found that the older participants were, the more likely they were to use an online dating website versus an application.