Relationships

The Past, Present, And Future Of Dating

The dating world has radically transformed over the last few decades. Combine advances in technology with radical changes in social roles and a rise in non-traditional relationships and sexual preferences, and you end up with a pretty confusing dating environment. Dr. Eli Finkel joins the Curiosity Podcast to discuss everything from the psychology of attraction to Tinder to pickup artists – and everything in-between.

Dr. Finkel is a social psychology professor who studies interpersonal attraction, marriage, conflict resolution, and more. He is the director of Northwestern University's Relationships and Motivation Lab and has published more than 130 scientific articles – primarily on relationships – as well as being a regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Stream or download the podcast using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Gretta.

Swiping Right On Science

Dr. Eli Finkel, a professor at Northwestern University with appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management, discusses:

  • Myths surrounding hookup culture, "free love," and one-night stands.
  • A brief history of online dating, and the surprising advantages of online dating that scientifically explain why location-based apps like Tinder are actually more genius than a lot of people might think.
  • Why it might actually be a good thing that dating technology has outpaced our ability to process it.
  • The psychology behind monogamy and polyamory, humans' genetic predisposition to pair bonding, and how to navigate both.
  • Real and perceived differences in dating preferences between men and women, and when they come into play.
  • The psychology of pickup artists and the science behind their methods and their effectiveness.

Plus, learn why location-based dating services like Tinder are actually more effective than they may initially seem. Click here to follow along with a written transcript of this episode (and share clips with your friends).

Podcast Show Notes And Links

Dr. Eli Finkel is a professor at Northwestern University, where he has appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management and holds the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship. Photo credit: Joshua Miller
Written By Cody Gough September 12, 2017