For many couples, lockdown has put a strain on their relationship – almost half of Americans say it’s been tricky to keep the spark alive. Canvas8 spoke to Ximena Garcia-Rada, doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School, to learn how relationship rituals can act as powerful commitment tools.
Ximena Garcia-Rada is a doctoral candidate in Marketing at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses primarily on consumer behavior and well-being in the context of close, personal relationships. For example, she studies the psychological processes underlying how consumers make choices when taking care of their families and sharing experiences with their partners.
Frustrated by social distancing and home quarantine, people are taking satisfaction in things that require decisive action. Dating app Flutter is meeting this demand with a built-in time limit for talking to potential matches, helping people regain a sense of control at a time of uncertainty.
For many Britons, Valentine’s Day has become a commercial con. However, as attitudes to relationships are shifting, some are choosing instead to demonstrate their love for their friends, family or themselves, while others are searching for personalised gifts and experiences for their partner.
Whether on the search for a hook-up or something longer-lasting, digital dating platforms have become the first port of call for many singletons. Canvas8 spoke to three experts to learn more about the modern romance landscape and to find out whether apps have killed the long-term relationship.
Mystic Messenger is a game in which players take control of a female avatar and are presented with six potential suitors, powered by artificial intelligence. With more than a million people engaged around the world, it provides a glimpse into the true potential of online dating.