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Deep Dive Ep. 6 | Fear of Being Single

In this episode we go over a relatively new concept called ‘the fear of being single’ (FOBS) which suggests that individuals with higher amounts of this trait, i.e. afraid of being single, anxiety, loneliness, are less selective with their partner choices and willing to go on many more dates to find a partner, regardless of who it is. This specific paper looks at if this FOBS trait is linked to physical attractiveness such that less attractive individuals have higher FOBS and thus are much less selective in dating. As it turns out, the results are not as intuitive as you may have guessed!

  • Spielmann, Stephanie S.; Maxwell, Jessica A.; MacDonald, Geoff; Peragine, Diana; Impett, Emily A. (2019). The predictive effects of fear of being single on physical attractiveness and less selective partner selection strategies. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, (), 026540751985670–. doi:10.1177/0265407519856701
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