Love in the digital era has changed many aspects of romance in our times.
Richard Dagenais chats with Jui Ramaprasad, Assistant Professor at the Information Systems, Desautels Faculty of Management about how online dating sites have impacted the search for "love".
*: An interdisciplinary course with students and faculty/lecturers from Law, Music, Education, Arts, and Management students in the past, which tackles the issues that music and other media industries are currently facing from multiple perspectives. Professor Ramaprasad’s research examines the impact of IT-enabled social interactions on behavior and outcomes in two main domains: music and dating, two industries that have been transformed significantly by information technology.
This was especially true for female users: those with anonymous browsing wound up with an average of 14% fewer matches. Women don’t like to send personal messages to initiate contact, explains Jui Ramaprasad, an assistant professor of information systems at Mc Gill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.In other words, she says, “We still see that women don’t make the first move.” Instead, they tend to send what the researchers call a “weak signal.”“Weak signaling is the ability to visit, or ‘check out,’ a potential mate’s profile so the potential mate knows the focal user visited,” according to the study.She received her doctorate in Management, Information Systems from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. She also examines motivations for contributing to and drivers of engagement in online music communities.Much of this research is conducted using individual-level behavioral data obtained through partnering with online music communities.In a large-scale experiment conducted through a major North American online dating website, a team of management scholars from Canada, the U. and Taiwan examined the impact of a premium feature: anonymous browsing.
Out of 100,000 randomly selected new users, 50,000 were given free access to the feature for a month, enabling them to view profiles of other users without leaving telltale digital traces.The exhibit showcases postal paraphernalia, some of it dating 4,000 years.Lank, who is also the director emeritus of the Mc Gill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, selected 220 stamps and other postal artefact from his collection which boasts more than 50,000 postal items. "The stamps don't have to be beautiful, they have to be interesting," Lank told CBC's . Lank says amongst many of his favourite items is the world's first airmail stamp from 1890. He doesn't care about how classically beautiful the stamp is or how expensive it was.He doesn't mind if the edges are crooked or even if someone has licked it.Speed (Up)Dating provides short and snappy 3-minute updates on a wide variety of topics of interest to Mc Gill staff who support students (including, but not limited to, advising, academic, student services, student affairs and frontline staff).