Dating and Relationships

Introduction

Dating is a term used to describe the process by which two adults or two minors of one or different genders meet with hope of assessing each other as a potential lifetime partner or for short-term gratification. A relationship describes the level of connection between two people, specifically people who nurture romantic feelings for each other. The status of a relationship refers to the level of connection and commitment between people. Jealousy is a feeling of anger that a person experiences when someone possesses what they want or when someone they love is hypothetically attracted to someone else. Lastly, sexual orientation is the identity of an individual with reference to gender that they prefer in a sexual partner.

 The paper is an in-depth analysis of how Pew Research Center depicted dating and relationships. More specifically, the paper summarizes the research center’s depiction of relationship status, jealousy, sexual orientation, and dating behavior given the current technological advancement in the mode by which people interact socially. Notably, there has been an increase in the number of dating applications that are easily accessible to people on mobile phones. The research compares the digital modes of dating with the person-to-person interaction, which existed before the introduction of online dating methods.

Barroso, A., & Brown, A. (2021). For Valentine’s Day, 5 facts on relationships and dating in the U.S. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/02/11/for-valentines-day-5-facts-on-relationships-and-dating-in-the-u-s/

            The PRC conducted a relationship status study and reported that people who were initially in relationship before the beginning of COVID-19 were still satisfied. Despite the pandemic disrupting the person-to-person dating as opposed to digital platform dating, Americans’ relationship status and satisfaction levels have not changed. Similarly, people who have used digital platforms for dating have reported positive experience similar to the one felt with the non-digital dating method.

            Additionally, the center reported disparity in the level of success for people of different age groups while using digital dating platforms. For instance, only 5 percent of those aged 65 years and above have been successful in finding suitable relationship partners on digital dating platforms. On the other hand, 53 percent of people aged between 18 to 29 have reported success while using digital platform to find their relationship partners.

Portaca, G. (2020). The demography of swiping right. An overview of couples who met through dating apps in Switzerland. PLoS One, 15(12).

            The author elaborated on negative relationship status, especially amongst those who used dating applications compared to those who met face to face or used online dating platforms. More specifically, she reported that people who used dating application were less satisfied since the method had lower subjective levels. The researcher also posits that those who met their relationship partners through a dating application were more interested in living together rather than marrying. The researcher also underlined high fertility intention amongst people who opted to use dating applications contrary to those who used offline dating methods.

Vogels, E., & Anderson, M.(2020). Dating and relationships in the digital age. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/05/08/dating-and-relationships-in-the-digital-age/

The existence of social media has made 33 percent of Americans in a relationship feel unsatisfied. Similarly, social media have prompted single people to feel frustrated due to their inability to have a relationship partners similar to others that are fueled by and depicted in the social media trends. Hence, the digital age has increased levels of negative impact on the relationship status compared to the pre-digital method of dating.

The PRC reported that young adults are often spying on their past relationship partners through social media platforms. It posits that an increase in accessibility to mobile dating applications and dating websites via phone has boosted the levels of jealousy among partners. The research found that 51 percent of Americans get infuriated by their partner’s concentration on mobile phones despite being in a serious conversation. 

Furthermore, the research reported that 40 percent of people in relationship often experience increased levels of jealousy since their partners are always using their phones. Lastly, the PRC reported that 34 percent of Americans have checked their partner’s phone without their knowledge due to jealousy-related suspicions. Therefore, the center confirmed that the existence of digital platforms has increased the level of jealousy in the relationship compared to pre-digital methods of dating.

References

Barroso, A., & Brown, A. (2021). For Valentine’s Day, 5 facts on relationships and dating in the U.S. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/02/11/for-valentines-day-5-facts-on-relationships-and-dating-in-the-u-s/

Portaca, G. (2020). The demography of swiping right. An overview of couples who met through dating apps in Switzerland. PLoS One, 15(12).

Vogels, E., & Anderson, M.(2020). Dating and relationships in the digital age. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/05/08/dating-and-relationships-in-the-digital-age/