The qualitative exploration of social competencies and incompetencies on mobile dating applications

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Dredge, Rebecca and Anderson, Joel. (2021). The qualitative exploration of social competencies and incompetencies on mobile dating applications. Personal Relationships. pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12378
AuthorsDredge, Rebecca and Anderson, Joel
Abstract

Romantic and sexual relationships are increasingly initiated using mobile dating applications rather than in face-to-face contexts. There is subsequently a need to understand socially competent and incompetent behaviors during this pre-interaction relationship development stage. One-on-one in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 emerging adults from Australia and Belgium. Data were analyzed inductively based on thematic analysis. Participants reported 11 superordinate social competencies represented by 85 competent and 67 incompetent behavioral norms that varied across four stages of online relationship formation (profile, matching, discovery, and evaluation stages). Findings provide a unique contribution to the literature as online social competence has yet to be conceptualized. Comparisons between online and face-to-face relational processes are also discussed.

Keywordsmobile dating applications; online competence; online dating; relationship initiation; social competence
Year2021
JournalPersonal Relationships
Journal citationpp. 1-25
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN1350-4126
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12378
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85104277429
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Deposited07 Sep 2021
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