Unlike online dating sites, Perfectmatch tries to identify members that are truly compatible to who you are – and who you’re looking for. Can simple coaching in how to communicate better with one's partner improve the overall relationship? Can it also address the depression that may stem from relationship problems?Safer online dating site for singles to search and post personal ads, post pictures, flirt and chat. Nicole Roberts and Jonathan Kanter, two UWM assistant professors of psychology, are putting these questions to the test in a study of 100 undergraduate couples who are romantically involved.
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She found that stress and exhaustion greatly influenced whether couples were able to control their emotions and communicate constructively.
“One partner’s negativity elicits the same from the other partner and, once that happens, it’s harder to get control.
“The novel part of this will be whether we can measure improvement in the way couples actually interact as a result of an intervention,” says Roberts, whose research focuses on the cultural and biological forces that shape emotion and emotion regulation.
“No one has ever done that by observing couples in a lab setting before.” And, since many people hold in their feelings, each partner also will wear sensors that record their physiological cues, like heart rate, pulse, sweating, and breathing rates.
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whether they feel they gained more control regarding relationships.
They also will gauge whether relationship coaching with one partner can help improve communication between both.
Because research shows that relationships are closely associated with depression, one treatment focuses specifically on improving those interactions, says Kanter, who specializes in improving behavioral psychotherapy for patients with depression.
The second assumption is that the same behavior patterns that stymie communication with their partner are the ones that will reveal themselves in the relationship that each participant builds with the relationship coach.