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Title
Are sex differences in mating strategies overrated? Sociosexual orientation as a dominant predictor in online dating strategies
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Abstract
Past research has extensively focused on sex differences in online dating strategies but has largely neglected sex-related individual difference variables such as sociosexuality. Sociosexuality (i.e., a measure of the number of restrictions people place on sexual relationships) gained attention in the 1990s among social and evolutionary psychologists, but has not been fully embraced by social scientists investigating interpersonal relationships and individual differences. Our aim is to investigate whether previously documented sex differences in mating strategies can be partially explained by sociosexuality, as a proximate manifestation of sex, by replicating a study about motives to use online dating applications, using an online survey. A first MANCOVA analysis (Nā€‰=ā€‰254 online daters) not controlling for sociosexuality showed a significant main effect for age and sex. Adding sociosexuality to this analysis, a significant main effect of sociosexuality appeared indicating that individuals with a preference for unrestricted sexual relationships are more motivated to use online dating for reasons related to casual sex, whereas individuals who prefer restricted sexual relationships are more motivated to use online dating to find romance. Interestingly, the original main effect for sex and the significant interactions were eliminated. We argue that in social scientific research, scholars should pay more attention to sociosexuality when doing research about mating strategies.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Evolutionary Psychological Science. - [S.l.]
Publication
[S.l.] : Springer, 2018
ISSN
2198-9885
Volume/pages
(2018), p. 1-10
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UAntwerpen
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Project info
BOF Sabbatical Leave - Michel Walrave.
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 18.05.2018
Last edited 15.07.2021
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