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Online Dating Metaphors

Principal Investigator (PI):  Stephanie Tong, Department of Communication, 313-577-2943


Co-Investigator (Co-I): Richard B. Slatcher, Department of Psychology, 313-577-2800


Funding Source:  National Science Foundation #1520273



You are being asked to be in a research study regarding perceptions about online dating because you have indicated that you are over the age of 18 and you have some familiarity with online dating websites and mobile dating apps. This study is being conducted at Wayne State University.


Study Procedures

If you take part in the study, you will be asked to think about different dating platforms like or eHarmony, or Tinder. We will then ask you to look at a list of metaphors that offer different descriptions about how these different kinds of online dating platforms work. We will ask you your opinions regarding each of these metaphors—which ones do you think provide the most accurate description of the specific websites and mobile applications? We will ask you to indicate how much you agree or disagree that the metaphors presented to you are accurate descriptions of online dating systems. We are looking for your own honest opinions and ideas, please feel free to share them. This study will take approximately 15 minutes.



As a participant in this research study, there will be no direct benefit for you; however, information from this study may benefit other people now or in the future.



There are no known risks at this time to participation in this study.



There will be no costs to you for participation in this research study.



For taking part in this research study, you will be given 0.5 credits for your time. This credit will be assigned at the end of the study period.



All information collected about you during the course of this study will be kept without any identifiers.


Voluntary Participation /Withdrawal:

Taking part in this study is voluntary. You are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time. Your decision will not change any present or future relationships with Wayne State University or its affiliates.


If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Rachelle Prince at If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, the Chair of the Institutional Review Board can be contacted at (313) 577-1628. If you are unable to contact the research staff, or if you want to talk to someone other than the research staff, you may also call the Wayne State Research Subject Advocate at (313) 577-1628 to discuss problems, obtain information, or offer input.



By completing the questionnaire you are agreeing to participate in this study.

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