To what extent does Computer Mediated Communication (emails, texts, etc), used in online dating, foster intimacy as compared to face-to-face communication?
Does this intimacy carry over to the face-to-face meeting with a potential partner?
In the good old days, dating was defined by a series of face-to-face encounters.
People met, they spent time in each other’s company, they got to know each other's friends and family, and they evaluated the quality of their connection and compatibility .
Post hoc tests also showedthat couples exhibiting eitherfemale-demand/male-withdraw or male-demand/female-withdraw patterns weremore ingrained in specific negative behavior patterns,employed more demand/withdraw behaviors, and exhibitedless positive behaviors than couples with an equal demand/withdraw pattern.
This study examines whether afemale-demand/male-withdraw pattern occurs in datingrelationships and whether this response increases duringdiscussions of difficult topics.
One hundred and eightindividuals (women = 60, men = 48) currently in a datingrelationship completed the Communication Patterns Questionnaire, Short Form (CPQSF) regarding either adifficult or nondifficult discussion.
Sure, they talked on the phone or maybe sent the occasional letter, but the core of their relationship centered on face-to-face interactions.
A subtle shift seems to be occurring in today’s dating relationships and it warrants our attention.
Given the increased interest and involvement in online dating, it is worth expanding our understanding of its dynamics and potential.