“Death and Love Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”: Effects of Pathogen Threats on Online Dating and Social Distancing From Life-History Strategy Perspectives

Seunga Venus Jin*, Ehri Ryu, Aziz Muqaddam

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Drawing from the terror management theory (TMT) and evolutionary perspectives of Life-History Strategy, a between-subject online experiment examined the interaction effects of pre-existing death anxiety, fear-inducing media content (coronavirus threat vs. gun violence threat vs. low threat mental disorder), and intrasexual competition for mates on online dating intentions and social distancing intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results indicate the interaction effects of participants’ pre-experimental death anxiety and different types of fear-inducing media content on perceived fear and intention to use online dating websites/apps as well as the interaction effects of pre-experimental intrasexual competitiveness and fear-inducing media content on social distancing intention in the context of online dating. Theoretical contributions to the terror management literature and practical implications for the online dating industry are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1465-1495
Number of pages31
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • death anxiety
  • fast-/slow life-history strategy paradigm
  • intrasexual competitiveness
  • mortality salience
  • online dating websites/apps
  • pathogen stress
  • social/physical distancing
  • terror management theory
  • the COVID-19 pandemic
  • violent media content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of '“Death and Love Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”: Effects of Pathogen Threats on Online Dating and Social Distancing From Life-History Strategy Perspectives'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this