Verbal and nonverbal cues that convey interest in dating
The first hypothesis, which stated that the body would be used to flirt with as frequently online as offline, was partly supported.
However, it was found that individuals downplayed the importance of physical attractiveness online.
While flirting is a relatively underresearched area within psychology, even less is known about how people cyber-flirt.
This paper explores how often individuals flirt offline compared to online.
It is concluded that cyber-flirting is more than simply a meeting of minds and that future research needs to consider the role of the body in online interactions.
ABSTRACT: Mobile dating apps have become a popular means to meet potential partners.
If two users like each other, they are allowed to initiate a conversation via the chat feature.
In this paper we use a set of curated profiles to explore the behaviour of men and women in Tinder.
Although several exist, one recent addition stands out amongst all others.
Tinder presents its users with pictures of people geographically nearby, whom they can either like or dislike based on first impressions.
Moreover, it attempts to examine how men and women flirt within these different spaces.
Five thousand, six hundred and ninety-seven individuals, of which 3554 (62%) were women and 2143 (38%) were men, completed a survey about their flirting behaviour both in face-to-face interactions and in chatrooms.
Women flirted by displaying nonverbal signals (offline) or substitutes for nonverbal cues (online), to a greater extent than men.
In chatrooms men were more likely than women to initiate contact.