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Cafe Scientifique: Can you really find true love on the internet? — and other things about online romance

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Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Woody's, Ram Passage, Kingston
Price: free
Speaker(s): Dr Martin Graff from the University of South Wales

Cafe Scientifique: Can you really find true love on the internet? — and other things about online romance

Pop along to Cafe Scientifique and enjoy the discussion over a drink. You don't need to be involved in science or technology to join us – just have an interest and open mind.

What do we find attractive? How do people actually portray themselves online? Can you have a virtual affair? How can you maximize your chances of finding love online? This session will examine all of these issues and will draw on current empirical studies on online relationships. This talk will also cover some of the major research work on the online disinhibition effect, which suggest that we disclose more personal information, and do this more quickly in online environments. In this session Dr Graff will also give some factual advice on how to construct dating site profiles, and the way to approach an online liaison with a potential dating partner. With the explosion in the provision of online dating sites, including those dedicated to finding partners for affairs, this will also draw on some of the speaker's own research on online infidelity, asking whether it is possible to have a virtual affair.

What to expect

A short informal talk to introduce the topic followed by questions, answers and general discussion. The evening is designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in science and technology – and takes place in surroundings where anyone can feel comfortable asking a question.

So, tell your friends, family and anyone else who springs to mind!


Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. In April 2013, he was invited as a visiting research professor to Cortland University, New York, USA April 2013. Dr Graff has published widely in the field of Internet behaviour, and has also written for the Psychologist in the area of Online Infidelity. He also writes for Psychology Today and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Ireland.

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