Call: “Digital romance and dating, including COVID-19 pandemic-related impacts” Cyberpsychology special issue


Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Special Issue on Digital Romance and Dating, Including COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Impacts

Guest Editors:
Jayson L. Dibble, PhD, Hope College, Holland, MI
Brandon T. McDaniel, PhD, Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, Fort Wayne, IN

Manuscript submission deadline: September 1, 2020

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is developing a special issue dedicated to current digital dating, romance/sex, and dating apps. This also includes, but is not limited to, pandemic-related impacts (e.g., social distancing due to COVID-19, quarantining) on dating, sex, and romance. Special consideration is given to articles that go beyond documenting a current state of affairs to contribute to the identification and/or development of theories and theoretical perspectives that hold promise to account for romantic and sexual relationships in a rapidly changing digital environment.

We are seeking high-quality original empirical articles and review articles on the following topics (though other topics will be considered):

  • Implications of modern dating apps (Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, etc.) for healthy relationships
  • Using and/or repurposing online platforms and/or apps in post-pandemic dating and romance (e.g., using Zoom for a first date)
  • The role(s) of online technology in initiating, maintaining, and/or dissolving romantic relationships
  • The use of online technologies for romance and bonding by various subpopulations including those involved in dating, cohabitation, marriage, and so forth
  • Assessing the ability of relationship theories developed offline to account for interaction and romantic relationship development when the interaction primarily occurs online (e.g., Does the investment model of relationships continue to account for relationships that develop online?)
  • Assessing the ability of relationship theories developed in early computer-mediated communication contexts to continue to account for the current and future look of computer-mediated communication (e.g., What might videoconferencing platforms like Zoom mean for hyperpersonal communication?)
  • New theoretical perspectives that enable getting ahead of the data given a rapidly changing digital dating environment

The deadline for manuscript submission is September 1, 2020. Please submit papers online to the web-based manuscript submission and peer-review system.


Contact the Journal Editorial Office.


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