And so I began researching the science of how we form relationships.One thing I learned very quickly was that there are no “laws of attraction”, no guarantees of success in dating, no foolproof methods or strategies for getting someone to date you.
There may be, at most, a line or two of personal description ("Always down to binge on Netflix," "I say YES to life! You swipe left to reject and move on to the next photo, or swipe right to express a liking, at which point you message the other or "keep playing," in the app's gamelike jargon.
And thanks to the GPS connection, you know instantly if that guy with the come-hither eyes or the girl with the plunging neckline is just a block away.
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It is common for relationships to begin due to physical proximity, which refers to being near or accessible to each other (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2012).
Maybe they sat next to you during class or were on the same team.
The aforementioned idea is accurate only insofar as the increased contact does not unveil detestable traits in either person.
If detestable traits are unveiled, familiarity will in fact breed contempt.
Proximity is a helpful parameter for those interested mainly in casual sex, the original purpose of mobile dating.
It all began with Grindr, a geosocial app for gay men.
Within the realm of social psychology, the proximity principle accounts for the tendency for individuals to form interpersonal relations with those who are close by.