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The Battle between Light and Dark Side of Personality: How Light and Dark Personality Traits Predict Mating Strategies in the Online Context

Author(s) / Creator(s)

Tucaković, Lana
Bojić, Ljubiša
Nikolić, Nemanja

Abstract / Description

In recent years, online dating websites, applications, and social media have become increasingly popular tools for finding romantic and/or sexual partners. Individual differences in personality traits predict the use of online dating websites and applications and also influence the motives for their use. Previous work regarding mating strategies in the context of online dating has focused on the Dark Tetrad concept of malevolent personality while ignoring the Light Triad concept of beneficent personality. Light and dark personality traits are not seen as polar opposites as they supplement each other. Thus, the current study aimed to explore the utility of both light (i.e., Faith in Humanity, Humanism, and Kantianism) and dark (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, and sadism) personality traits in predicting mating strategies in the online context. A total of 216 participants, ages 20 to 56, which used online dating sites, apps, and social media for finding partners in the past year, completed an online questionnaire assessing Dark Tetrad traits, Light Triad traits, and mating orientations. Narcissism, psychopathy, and sadism positively correlated, while Faith in Humanity and Kantianism negatively correlated with short-term mating. However, only Faith in Humanity was a significant predictor of short-term mating. As for long-term mating, the results have shown that it is negatively related to psychopathy and sadism, while it is positively related to all Light Triad traits. Faith in Humanity, Humanism, and Kantianism were significant predictors of long-term mating. These findings highlight the utility of the Dark Tetrad and Light Triad traits in mating orientation research.

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Dark Tetrad Light Triad mating strategies online dating

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Date of first publication

2022-03-16

Journal title

Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships

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PsychArchives

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acceptedVersion

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reviewed

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Tucaković, L., Bojić, L., & Nikolić, N. (in press). The Battle between Light and Dark Side of Personality: How Light and Dark Personality Traits Predict Mating Strategies in the Online Context [Accepted manuscript]. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships. http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5621
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Tucaković, Lana
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Bojić, Ljubiša
  • Author(s) / Creator(s)
    Nikolić, Nemanja
  • PsychArchives acquisition timestamp
    2022-03-16T08:52:23Z
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    2022-03-16T08:52:23Z
  • Date of first publication
    2022-03-16
  • Abstract / Description
    In recent years, online dating websites, applications, and social media have become increasingly popular tools for finding romantic and/or sexual partners. Individual differences in personality traits predict the use of online dating websites and applications and also influence the motives for their use. Previous work regarding mating strategies in the context of online dating has focused on the Dark Tetrad concept of malevolent personality while ignoring the Light Triad concept of beneficent personality. Light and dark personality traits are not seen as polar opposites as they supplement each other. Thus, the current study aimed to explore the utility of both light (i.e., Faith in Humanity, Humanism, and Kantianism) and dark (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, and sadism) personality traits in predicting mating strategies in the online context. A total of 216 participants, ages 20 to 56, which used online dating sites, apps, and social media for finding partners in the past year, completed an online questionnaire assessing Dark Tetrad traits, Light Triad traits, and mating orientations. Narcissism, psychopathy, and sadism positively correlated, while Faith in Humanity and Kantianism negatively correlated with short-term mating. However, only Faith in Humanity was a significant predictor of short-term mating. As for long-term mating, the results have shown that it is negatively related to psychopathy and sadism, while it is positively related to all Light Triad traits. Faith in Humanity, Humanism, and Kantianism were significant predictors of long-term mating. These findings highlight the utility of the Dark Tetrad and Light Triad traits in mating orientation research.
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  • Publication status
    acceptedVersion
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  • Review status
    reviewed
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  • Citation
    Tucaković, L., Bojić, L., & Nikolić, N. (in press). The Battle between Light and Dark Side of Personality: How Light and Dark Personality Traits Predict Mating Strategies in the Online Context [Accepted manuscript]. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships. http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5621
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  • ISSN
    1981-6472
  • Persistent Identifier
    https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12034/5019
  • Persistent Identifier
    https://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5621
  • Language of content
    eng
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  • Publisher
    PsychArchives
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  • Is version of
    https://doi.org/10.5964/ijpr.7869
  • Is related to
    https://doi.org/10.5964/ijpr.7869
  • Keyword(s)
    Dark Tetrad
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    Light Triad
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  • Keyword(s)
    mating strategies
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  • Keyword(s)
    online dating
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  • Dewey Decimal Classification number(s)
    150
  • Title
    The Battle between Light and Dark Side of Personality: How Light and Dark Personality Traits Predict Mating Strategies in the Online Context
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  • DRO type
    article
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  • Journal title
    Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships
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    Accepted Manuscript
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