Eibhlin Cooke
Applied Psychology / Year 4

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Eibhlin Cooke

Eibhlin Cooke

Applied Psychology

Year 4

  • Project Title Testing for Association Between Humour Types and Online Dating Profile Components
  • Course BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology
  • Year 4
  • Contact Info N00127925@student.iadt.ie

Does being funny make you more attractive when it comes to online dating?

The current study aimed to establish whether there is an association between humour types (affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating) and ratings of personal online dating profile components.

Project Description

This study aimed to investigate whether there is an association between four different types of humour (affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating) and ratings of male online dating profiles according to attractiveness, humour, trustworthiness and masculinity. Four male online dating profiles were created each one containing content reflecting one of the four different types of humour. Eighty female participants were split into four groups. Each group viewed one of the male online dating profiles and rated it for attractiveness, humour, trustworthiness and masculinity using an adapted version of Fiore, Taylor and Mendelsohn’s (2008) Likert type scale.

Project Findings

The data was analysed using Chi Square tests of independence. The findings suggest that participants’ ratings of the online dating profiles in relation to attractiveness, humour and trustworthiness were dependent on type of humour. However, participants’ ratings of the online dating profiles in relation to masculinity were independent of type of humour.

Eibhlin Cooke
Applied Psychology / Year 4