Web Exercises

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Web Exercise #1: Why We Love, Why We Cheat
LO 14.1 Summarize psychosocial development in early adulthood.
LO 14.3 Analyze the diverse romantic situations that may characterize early adulthood, including singlehood, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. 

Directions: This activity can be done individually. Chapter 14 discusses influences on mate selection, the transition to marriage, predictors of marital success, and predictors of divorce. The textbook explores difficulties young adults face when getting married at earlier ages and the more successful relationships of those who wait to get married until they are older. It also explores why people get divorced and the messy process of going through a divorce. The purpose of this exercise is to explore why we love and why we cheat. Helen Fisher delivers a TED talk on this subject: 

  1. How does she study love?
  2. What were the groups of people she studied?
  3. Why does she suggest people love?
  4. Why does she suggest people cheat?
  5. Share two things you found interesting about this talk.
  6. Did this talk leave you wondering about anything? What is it?
  7. What are two questions you would like to ask Helen Fisher?


Web Exercise #2: Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave
LO 14.2 Discuss influences on friendship and mate selection and interactions in early adulthood. 

Directions: This activity can be done individually or in small groups. According to your textbook, many women and men are victims of domestic violence, and domestic violence can happen to anyone, all races, religions, income, and education levels. The purpose of this exercise is to examine why domestic violence victims do not leave their relationships. The following TED talk delivered by Leslie Morgan Steiner:


  1. What degrees does she have?
  2. What degree did Connor have?
  3. Briefly discuss her relationship.
  4. What were the ‘red flags’ that foreshadowed violence?
  5. Discuss the violence she experienced.
  6. Why did she not leave?
  7. What have you learned from this talk?
  8. Are there other factors that can be associated with domestic violence beyond the ones mentioned in this talk? If so, what could those be?
  9. What would you do if you noticed signs of the beginning of domestic violence in your relationship?


Web Exercise #3: Online Dating
LO 14.2 Discuss influences on friendship and mate selection and interactions in early adulthood. 

Directions: This exercise should be completed individually. Chapter 14 discusses influences on mate selection. Each year, more and more people turn to the Internet to find a partner. There are several websites and phone apps for finding a relationship. Online dating has advantages such as being able to find many more people than one may find in day to day experiences. People may view profiles with photos and read about the people. Although there are many websites and apps for online dating, each is unique in the type of people it attracts. A few of the websites and apps are listed below:


  • Tangle
  • The Dating Ring
  • Ok Cupid
  • The Grade
  • Siren
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Tinder
  • Bumble
  • Hinge
  • The Catch

In this exercise, students will choose three websites and three dating apps to compare and contrast. (If a student is in a relationship, the student may want to share this assignment with his/her partner, so they do not get the wrong idea about why the person is on dating websites and apps.) 

  1. Explore the profiles and discuss each website. How is it unique? 
  2. What are the differences in profiles of men looking for women, women looking for men, men looking for men, and women looking for women on each site?
  3. Overall, what common themes did you notice? What stood out? 
  4. Was anything shocking to you? What was it?
  5. What advice would you give a friend who wants to use one of these websites or apps? Would you recommend any of them to a friend? Which one? Why?