The authors also discuss their findings in a new podcast series: Relationship Matters.
London (March 8, 2010) - There's no doubt that meeting partners on the Internet is a growing trend.
But can we trust the information that people provide about themselves via online dating services?
Next up - Hall and his team are developing an inventory of flirting styles, which they aim to publish later this year.
Meanwhile twin sisters Leanne Knobloch of the University of Illinois, US and Lynne Knobloch-Fedders from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, US put their heads together to look at a longstanding question about what explains the association between depressive symptoms and relationship quality.
Alternatively treating depression might help individuals achieve more relational certainty, leading to more satisfying relationships.
"People suffering from depressive symptoms may wrestle with more questions about their romantic relationship, which may be dissatisfying," says Knobloch." Partner uncertainty involves questions about a partner's relationship involvement, such as, "how certain am I about where my partner wants this to go?" Finally relationship uncertainty involves questions about the relationship status, such as "How certain am I about the future of this relationship?The survey included questions on personality traits such as openness, extroversion, education and income."We also asked a series of questions on an important trait that we call self monitoring," Hall says.Whether a person is likely to lie about themselves online also depends on what kind of person they are: Someone who is very open to new experiences (e.g.