Utah Pair Project

Researchers at the University of Utah are looking for participants for a large-scale study on dating experiences. Specifically, we are looking to recruit people who are currently seeing someone new, and learn how their dating experiences unfold over the next six months.

Note: People who are seeing someone very casually are still eligible for the study. If you stop seeing the person, no worries! We will continue sending you surveys each week, asking you about your single life.

This study is the first of its kind, and we hope that it will greatly improve our understanding of how people’s dating experiences change and develop over time.

To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must currently be seeing someone new. Specifically, we are looking for people who went on their first date with a current dating partner fewer than four weeks ago.
  1. You must live within driving distance of the University of Utah (Salt Lake City)
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age
  3. You must be fluent in English

What the study entails. First, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your dating experiences. Next, you will be emailed a short survey (less than three minutes) each week for six months. Finally, you will be emailed two more surveys, one and two years from now. During the study, if you continue to see the same dating partner, you may also be invited into the lab for a special session with your partner.

Compensation. Each component of the study will be compensated separately. For the initial survey, you will be entered into one of three $100 Amazon.com gift card draws. For the weekly surveys, you will be paid up to $50 ($2 for each weekly survey). If you are invited for the in-lab session and you and your partner decide to attend, you will each be paid $25 for participating ($50 total). Finally, you will be entered into a $100 Amazon.com gift card draw for each of the two follow-up surveys.

If you are interested in participating, please email us at utahpairproject@gmail.com, or fill out the contact form below. One of our research assistants will get back to you soon!

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The information posted on this site is consistent with the research reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board (IRB). However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this site. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also contact the IRB if you have questions, complaint, or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581‐3655 or by email at irb@hsc.utah.edu.