Elisabeth Timmermans received a LEaDing Fellows scholarship and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Media & Communication. In 2017 she obtained her doctoral degree in communication science at the KU Leuven (Belgium). In her dissertation, she explored the mediatization of casual sexual intimacy by examining 1) whether Belgian emerging adults engage in casual sex, 2) how popular U.S. television shows portray casual sexual scripts, and 3) whether Tinder leads to more casual sex. At the Erasmus University Rotterdam, she will continue research in the line of mobile dating. While she questioned in her dissertation whether Tinder leads to more casual sex, she now moves her focus to mobile dating practices. Although more and more people are these days actively pursuing relationships on mobile dating apps and online dating websites, her dissertation findings showed that only a minority actually succeed in finding a romantic partner. It seems that much of the confusion already starts online, as people often have different motives and expectations on online dating platforms. By applying both interpersonal communication theories and media theories, she hopes to find out where it goes wrong and help online daters improve their dating practices.
E.B.R. Timmermans, E. De Caluwé & C. Alexopoulos (2018). Why are you cheating on tinder? Exploring users' motives and (dark) personality traits. Computers in Human Behavior, 89, 129-139. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.07.040