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Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline.
Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2021 Jul; 24(7):450-456.CB

Abstract

This study examines digitally enabled mate poaching on Ashley Madison, an online dating platform for extradyadic affairs. To explore mate poaching as a potential explanation for what drives users of Ashley Madison to transition their online relationships to offline encounters, we conducted a multinational survey of 1,676 users (88.5 percent male, Mage = 50.98). Participants provided open-ended data about their mate poaching objectives, which ranged from short-term sexual encounters to long-term sexual and emotional affairs and new exclusive relationships. Structural equation modeling showed that participants' attitudes toward online infidelity predicted whether they would consider meeting someone from the website in person. Mate poaching intentions also mediated the effect of attitudes toward online infidelity on the likelihood of meeting another user face to face in the future. The results extend evolutionary theories of mate poaching to the digital dating environment and demonstrate the value of these perspectives for explaining relationship initiation practices on infidelity websites.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.Communication Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34171960

Citation

Sharabi, Liesel L., et al. "Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline." Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, vol. 24, no. 7, 2021, pp. 450-456.
Sharabi LL, Uhlich M, Alexopoulos C, et al. Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2021;24(7):450-456.
Sharabi, L. L., Uhlich, M., Alexopoulos, C., & Timmermans, E. (2021). Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 24(7), 450-456. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2020.0563
Sharabi LL, et al. Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2021;24(7):450-456. PubMed PMID: 34171960.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Exploring Links Between Online Infidelity, Mate Poaching Intentions, and the Likelihood of Meeting Offline. AU - Sharabi,Liesel L, AU - Uhlich,Maximiliane, AU - Alexopoulos,Cassandra, AU - Timmermans,Elisabeth, Y1 - 2021/06/25/ PY - 2021/6/27/pubmed PY - 2021/7/22/medline PY - 2021/6/26/entrez KW - attraction KW - evolutionary theory KW - infidelity KW - mate poaching KW - online dating SP - 450 EP - 456 JF - Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking JO - Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw VL - 24 IS - 7 N2 - This study examines digitally enabled mate poaching on Ashley Madison, an online dating platform for extradyadic affairs. To explore mate poaching as a potential explanation for what drives users of Ashley Madison to transition their online relationships to offline encounters, we conducted a multinational survey of 1,676 users (88.5 percent male, Mage = 50.98). Participants provided open-ended data about their mate poaching objectives, which ranged from short-term sexual encounters to long-term sexual and emotional affairs and new exclusive relationships. Structural equation modeling showed that participants' attitudes toward online infidelity predicted whether they would consider meeting someone from the website in person. Mate poaching intentions also mediated the effect of attitudes toward online infidelity on the likelihood of meeting another user face to face in the future. The results extend evolutionary theories of mate poaching to the digital dating environment and demonstrate the value of these perspectives for explaining relationship initiation practices on infidelity websites. SN - 2152-2723 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34171960/Exploring_Links_Between_Online_Infidelity_Mate_Poaching_Intentions_and_the_Likelihood_of_Meeting_Offline_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -