Single adults partake of many activities to seek dates and find mates.
Many use advertisements in local newspapers to attract possible candidates for a
relationship. Others go to single's clubs and bars to find their potential soul
mate. The type of activities people choose are dependent on the person's self-
esteem and self-confidence. The information for this research was obtained from
the article "Self Esteem of Persons Seeking Dates Via Bars, Singles Clubs, and
Personal Advertisements." The article was written by Paul Yelsma and Paul L.
Wienir. It appears in "Sociological Spectrum" for January - March 1996.
The research method used in this article was a questionnaire. These
questionnaires were sent to people who advertised in the local paper. Single's
club participants were presented questionnaires and asked to complete them at
one of the two clubs in the same geographic region. Those who attended bars were
either contacted directly or given questionnaires. The questionnaires were
completed by 152 subjects: 40 from ads; 62 attended singles clubs, and 50
frequented bars. (Yelsma and Weinir, p. 35)
What effect does self esteem have in a person's decision on what type of
method to use to find their possible companion? It is shown that people with
lower self-esteems tend to choose personal advertisements, while people with
higher self esteems tend to lean towards the bar scene. Others with a mediocre
self-esteem seem to go towards the clubs scene. According to Josephs, Larrick,
Steele, and Nisbett, (1992, p. 27) "The higher one's self esteem, the less one
has to fear from threats to the self, and individuals with higher levels of
self-esteem should be less affected by the threats to the self." This means
that the higher ones self esteem is, the more they will not be afraid to show
themselves in public. Those with the low self-esteems, will hide behind the
words of a personal advertisement,... [continues]
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