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February 14, 2024 | Psychology Today via UVic News

Reiterating the findings of a 2021 article by UVic’s Danu Anthony Stinson and the University of Manitoba’s Lisa B. Hoplock and Jessica J. Cameron, a recent Psychology Today article shares that the Western ‘dating script’ does not adequately take into consideration the multiple paths to initiating a romantic relationship. The friends-to-lovers pathway, the article(s) emphasize, is particularly overlooked in relationship science. By ignoring this pathway and instead focusing on the sparks of attraction that come from viewing someone’s dating profile, academics perpetuate a heterosexist understanding of dating.

Dr. Danu Anthony Stinson – the lead author of the referenced 2021 article from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science – is a Professor in UVic’s Department of Psychology. Her areas of interest include social psychology, interpersonal relationships and the self. If you are interested in learning more from Dr. Stinson about close relationships, gender (mis)measurement, and singlehood, please visit UVicSpace, the university’s open access institutional repository.