Online dating epidemic

online dating epidemic

Do our perceptions of vulnerability to disease influence our online dating behaviour?

It would seem that those of us who have a higher perception of vulnerability to disease (higher PVD) will currently be less likely to risk meeting new potential partners through online dating situations, and even less likely to meet up with them face-to-face, even when these people appear healthy and attractive.

Do people unbothered by the risk of infection date as normal?

But conversely, people unbothered by the risk of infection from others will continue to date as normal. Garcia, J. & Koelling, R. A. (1966). ‘Relation of cue to consequence in avoidance learning.’ Psychonomic Science, 4, 123-124.

Are people with high PVDs more attracted to speed dating partners?

Participants who scored higher on the PVD scale were less attracted to their speed dating partners and were generally choosier about them in their overall judgments.

How do risk perceptions affect health behaviors?

Risk perceptions are often targeted in health behavior change interventions, and recent meta-analytic evidence suggests that interventions that successfully engage and change risk perceptions produce subsequent increases in health behaviors.

Do experientially-derived risk perceptions predict health-related intentions and behaviors?

In two prospective studies, experientially-derived risk perceptions predicted health-related intentions and behaviors more robustly than did deliberatively-derived risk perceptions. [PMC free article][PubMed] [Google Scholar] 40. Ferrer RA, Hall KL, Portnoy DB, Ling BS, Han PKJ, Klein WMP.

What are the behaviors that contribute to disease?

Behaviors contributing to disease initiation and progression are often pleasurable (e.g., smoking or overeating). Motivation to forgo such pleasurable behaviors, or engage in inconvenient preventive behaviors, is believed to be driven to some extent by beliefs about the probability that a health consequence will occur [1-2].

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