Dr. Elisabeth Timmermans publishes new study in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking

In this study, dr. Elisabeth Timmermans collaborated with dr. Cassandra Alexopoulos to investigate how attachment orientation (i.e., people's characteristic approach to close relationships) is associated with dating application (app) users' motives and outcomes.

Regression analyses showed that attachment anxiety positively predicted all dating app motives, whereas attachment avoidance positively predicted traveling, but negatively predicted pass time/entertainment. Logistic regression analyses showed a decreased likelihood for people with higher scores on attachment anxiety to meet up with other dating app users. In a similar vein, a decreased likelihood to meet up with other dating app users while in a committed relationship was found for both individuals with higher scores on anxious attachment and avoidant attachment. Finally, higher scores on anxious attachment and avoidant attachment were significantly related to reporting a higher number of romantic relationships and friendships with other dating app users, whereas only higher scores on anxious attachment were related to reporting a higher number of casual sexual experiences while being single and while in a committed relationship. See more information at publisher’s website: https://lnkd.in/ghYPhig

Want to read the paper but have no access? Send Elisabeth a message at timmermans@eshcc.eur.nl and she will happily share the post-print version with you!