For this reason, the team proposes that online dating and dating apps such as Tinder are not very effective in providing real matches, as they are based solely on a person’s photographs. “Several researchers have made the critique that that is not the best way to find a partner.
We wanted to look at how physical attractiveness ratings change and whether evaluating a person’s photo in a lineup helps or hurts the interaction you’re going to have.”For the study, the team had heterosexual undergraduates look at photos of 10 individuals from the opposite sex and rate them on a scale of one to 10 for physical attraction.
The central purpose of this study was to determine whether a single interpersonal communication event could influence perceptions of physical attractiveness in a dating environment.
A total of 104 undergraduate students at a large United States university engaged in speed-dating in order to examine the effects of both positive communication and negative communication.
Additional findings illustrated that three minutes of non-neutral social interaction had differing effects on women and men. *Corresponding author at: Department of Speech and Theatre, Middle Tennessee State University, 1500 Greenland Drive, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building, Room #205, Murfreesboro, TN. E-mail: [email protected] is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. like those who resemble us, and are engaged in the same pursuits. Contemporary scholarship has further developed the observations of Aristotle and hence launched a theoretical foundation known as the similarity-attraction hypothesis (Byrne, 1961).
One of the central conclusions from the present research was that females can strategically use interpersonal communication as a tool for enhancing their physical appearance. And they are friends who have come to regard the same things as good and the same things as evil, they who are friends of the same people, and they who are enemies of the same people . As founder Byrne (1971) suggests of his archetypal paradigm: “several different kinds of evidence indicate that interpersonal attraction is related to similarity and dissimilarity of attitudes” (p. Indeed, the correlation between similarity and attraction has been thoroughly documented via meta-analytic reviews (Montoya & Horton, 2013; Montoya, Horton, & Kirchner, 2008) but lesser amounts of scholarship have explored the relationship between attraction and other social constructs.
The results from this study also yielded practical implications that are relevant to casual dating as well as theoretical implications that are germane to communication theory. 7(2), doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i2.132 Received: 2013-07-14. The present investigation explored interpersonal communication and physical attraction.
“If you are friendly and have a great sense of humor, you stand to gain a lot by getting your foot in the door.At the same time, social psychological research by Bardack and Mc Andrew (1985) has illustrated that manner of dress and physical attractiveness both positively influence the perceptions of another individual.It was along a more general line that Byrne, London, and Reeves (1968) examined participant gender and concluded that interpersonal attraction was “greater toward physically attractive strangers regardless of sex” (p. In other words, both males and females have an affinity for physically attractive others (Byrne et al., 1968).When taken together, the aforementioned physical attractiveness findings support the classic “what is beautiful is good” (p.285) aphorism that was originally reported by Dion, Berscheid, and Walster (1972).