Psychology Prof Discusses Niche Dating Apps With Toronto Star

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Prof. Serge Desmarais

Is it possible to find true love based on a shared love for a particular kind of food or music or quirky obsession?

Prof. Serge Desmarais, from U of G’s Department of Psychology, spoke to the Toronto Star about the sudden interest in so-called niche dating apps.

There are now dating sites just for people who love dogs, or facial hair, or bacon or fitness. But Desmarais doubted that a shared interest in such narrow topics is enough to lead to a meaningful relationship. He noted that people often grow out of interests.

Instead, he said shared views on career plans or children or religion are stronger predictors of a relationship’s success.

Desmarais studies close relationships and sexuality, as well as the impact of gender norms on perceptions of justice. Most recently, he conducted research that looked at the factors that influence perceptions of medical professionals.