The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of the 9/11 terror attack on dating preferences. Terror management theory states that after exposure to mortality salience, people increase stereotypical thinking and intergroup bias between groups. It was hypothesized that after the 9/11 terror attack, people would become more egocentric when seeking a dating partner. It was also hypothesized that people would seek long term relationships more frequently than short term relationships. Eight hundred and ninety seven newspaper personal ads before and after the attack were coded and analyzed based on the following categories: Sex, Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Age Offered, Minimum Age, Maximum Age and Relationship Type. The results of the study indicated that after the terrorist attack, there were differences in the types of relationships men and women were seeking.
Kelsey Gorman ’11
Majors: Psychology, Sociology
Thu Ra ’12
Majors: Economics and Business, Psychology
Rachel Tracey ’11
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Psychology
Sponsor: William Dragon