Psychological effects of speed dating
The central purpose of this study was to determine whether a single interpersonal communication event could influence perceptions of physical attractiveness in a dating environment.
A total of 104 undergraduate students at a large United States university engaged in speed-dating in order to examine the effects of both positive communication and negative communication.
The specific component of physical attraction measured criteria such as the handsomeness, sexiness, and grooming of a fellow interlocutor (Mc Croskey & Mc Cain, 1974).
For example, extant literature has demonstrated that individuals normally experience physical attraction for individuals who possess a symmetrical facial appearance and/or a fit body physique (Huston, 1974).