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Coye Cheshire's work focuses on trust and social interaction in technology-mediated exchanges.
Since technology-mediated environments (e.g, social media) often change our ability to use the social cues that we rely on in face-to-face social interaction, they provide exciting opportunities for studying social phenomena.
(“It’s pretty integral to my research experience here at Berkeley,” he said.) In honor of Love Data Week — and in keeping with its theme, data in everyday life — we sat down with Wang for a chat.
(The Library is co-sponsoring a slate of events for Love Data Week; learn more, and register, here.) Along with asking him about how he uses data, we also called upon his expertise, probing him for tips on how to navigate the online dating world.
He is a fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Diverse Intelligence Summer Institute, and the Institute of International Studies.
Poster accepted to ICWSM 2010: A Second Chance to Make a First Impression: Factors Affecting the Longevity of Online Dating Relationships (PDF).
Skyler Wang graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2016 with a BA in Sociology (Honors).
For his work, Wang relies on ethnographic data, interviews, and observations of how people navigate dating apps, first dates, and the like.
Wang is an online dating expert (and third-year Ph. student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Sociology) who studies online dating and the sharing economy.
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