PROJECTS (In-Progress)

Mobile Dating and Relationship Formation
Coyle, M.A., Alexopoulous, C. (in prep)​

I am co-authoring a book chapter on mobile dating, particularly focusing on self-presentation  (both in terms of profile photos and bios), mate selection, computer-mediated communication, the transition from online to offline communication, and contact termination (with a special attention to ghosting). This book chapter is part of a larger sociological text on media and technology.

The Generational Differences in Perceptions of Emoji Use in Text Message Conversations
Coyle, M.A., Carmichael, C.L. (in prep)

Are there generational differences to perceptions of emoji use in text message conversations? A younger adult sample (18-39) was collected from Brooklyn College as well as an older adult sample (40+) from TurkPrime. Both samples were given 1 of 4 versions of an iMessage conversation where a sender (discloser) shares a negative self-disclosure to a receiver (responder). Both the discloser’s and responder’s emoji use was manipulated (used/did not use emojis). Perceived partner responsiveness, authenticity, and intimacy were measured.

Getting to Know You Over Text Message:
Perceptions of Novel Texting Partners
Getting to Know You Over Text Message:
Perceptions of Novel Texting Partners
Coyle, M.A., Carmichael, C.L. (in prep)

How do individuals form impressions of novel interaction partners in text message conversations? Participant dyads engaged in a getting to know you text over iMessage where the emoji keyboard was either enabled or disabled. Participants were either encouraged or discouraged from using the iMessage features in the conversations. Perceived partner responsiveness, closeness, impression formation, and reflected appraisal were measured.

Ghosting in Online Dating
Coyle, M.A., Carmichael, C.L. (in prep)

How do online dating users judge and react to ambiguities in interactions on online dating mobile applications? I have been investigating how users perceive their likelihood and importance of finding meaningful connections on online dating platforms after being ghosted and the downstream consequences on potential partner pursuit. I have focused on regulatory focus as a potential moderator and am open to exploring other moderators such as implicit relationship theories. If you have related data you would like to discuss and/or would like to collaborate on this series of studies, please contact me. 

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