Reading Skeptics meet monthly downstairs in The Outlook (used to be Bar Copa), Kings Road for diverse topics of discussion given by a guest speaker. There's usually a big crowd in a small space, so come early and look out for me.
Can you really find true love on the Internet?... and other things about online romance
Are there gender differences in attraction? Can you really find true love on the Internet? How do people actually portray themselves online? Can you have a virtual affair?
In this talk Martin Graff will examine all of these issues, drawing on current empirical evidence from studies of online relationships, and will cover some of the major research work on the online disinhibition effect, which suggest that we disclose more personal information, and do this more quickly, in online environments. Dr Graff will also give some factual advice on how to construct dating site profiles, and the way to approach an online liaison with a potential dating partner. With the explosion in the provision of online dating sites, including those dedicated to finding partners for affairs, this will also draw on some of the speaker’s own research on online infidelity, asking whether it is possible to have a virtual affair.
Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at University of Glamorgan, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist.
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