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Dating apps: How our brains react 2018-09-14102840

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Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Dan.
And hello, I’m Rob.
In today’s programme we’re going to be looking at what our brains are doing when we are using dating apps. Now, Rob, have you ever used a dating app?
No way, I would never use one.
Hmm, so Rob, can you explain, when talking about dating apps, what we mean by swipe left and swipe right?
Ah, yes. These are not new words but technology has given them new meaning.To swipe’ is the movement of your finger on a smartphone to change the screen you’re looking at. So imagine turning the page in a book, well, on a phone, you swipe. In some dating apps, they show you pictures of people you might find attractive. If you do like them, you swipe right. If you don’t like them, you swipe left.
啊,当然。这些不是新单词,但是科技赋予了它们新的含义。“To swipe”是为了变换你所浏览的手机界面,你的手指在智能机上的动作。所以想象一下给书翻页,在手机上就是手指滑动。在一些约会软件里,它们会向你显示你或许觉得吸引人的照片。如果你真的喜欢他们,就向右滑。不喜欢就向左滑。
We will dig deeper into this topic shortly, but first, a question. In the UK, approximately how many marriages start with the couple meeting online? Is it: a) One in three b) One in four or c) One in five?What do you think?
我们马上要更深入地探究这个话题,但是首先是测试问题。在英国,大约有多少婚姻是从网上见面的情侣开始的?是a) 三分之一 b) 四分之一 还是 c) 五分之一?你觉得呢?
Well, all of those seem quite high to me, so I’m going to guess in the middle, one in four.
Well, we’ll find out if you’re right later in the programme.Now, Alice Gray is a science communicator and blogger. Recently she was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme. And she was asked about what goes on in our brains when we use dating apps compared to when we meet people in real life. What difference does she say there is?
It’s very easy to think that with these instantaneous swipe left, swipe right, that the process in our brain of how we pick out a suitable mate would be very different, when actually it’s really similar to how we do it in person.
So she says that what goes on in our brains is actually very similar. Online we make decisions very quickly about who we like. These decisions are almost immediate. She used the adjective - instantaneous for this. So we make these instantaneous decisions then choose to swipe left or swipe right. In real life, we do the same thing. We know almost immediately when we see someone if we find them attractive or not.
Although of course in digital dating, one you’ve swiped left you will never see that person again and you won’t have the chance to meet. In the real world you could meet someone you don’t find attractive instantaneously and then get to know them and find that you do quite like them.
Yes, this is true. But then possibly they won’t like you. And then you have to deal with rejection. Rejection is when someone doesn’t find you attractive and they don’t want to spend time with you or get to know you.
So what’s the difference in our brains between online rejection and real life rejection? Here’s Alice Gray again.
We see that a lot of the patterns associated with rejection in real life and rejection on dating apps are similar, just the exposure to the rate of the amount of rejection you get on dating apps is a lot higher than the ones in real life. So in real life you’ll have time to, sort of, compute the rejection, get over it a little bit, and dust yourself off and get on with it.Whereas the rate of rejection on dating apps is so high it’s often hard to cope with one coming in after another.
So, she says that our brain’s response to real life and online rejection is quite similar.But in the digital world you can be rejected many more times.
In real life you have a bit more time to recover from the rejection, to get over it, as she says. You can dust yourself off which is a way of saying you think positively to make yourself feel better. Imagine falling over on the ground, when you get up, you might be covered in dust and dirt, you need to dust yourself off to make yourself ready again, before you carry on.
在现实生活中,你从被拒中恢复的时间要更长些,正如她所说的“to get over it”。你可以重振旗鼓,那是说你自己积极思考让自己感觉好点的一种方式。想象一下你早上起床掉到地上,你可能会变得灰头土脸,你需要把身上的灰尘掸下去,在重新出发之前做好准备。
In the online world though, you don’t have that time. Online dating apps can lead to many rejections and psychologically that can be difficult to manage. Another way of saying ’difficult to manage’ is difficult ’to cope with’.
然而在网络世界,你没有那个时间。网上约会软件会导致一些被拒,而且从心理上来说很难处理。难处理的另一种说法是很难“to cope with”。
Well, we don’t want you to reject us, so time now to give you the answer to that quiz question before a recap of today’s vocabulary.I asked: in the UK, approximately how many marriages start with the couple meeting online? Is it: a) One in three b) One in four or c) One in five?
好的,我们不想你拒绝我们,所以在回顾单词之前现在该给出你问题的答案了。我问:在英国有多少婚姻是从网上见面的情侣开始的?是a) 三分之一 b) 四分之一 还是 c) 五分之一?
Hmmm, so I said b) one in four – 25%. Was I right?
Sorry, Rob, the answer is a), one in three. Does that surprise you?
Yes, it does, I didn’t think it would be that high.
It’s the sign of the times, Rob. Digital world, digital dating! Let’s have a look at that vocabulary.
OK, well, we started with the verb ’to swipe’. The movement of our finger on smartphone or tablet screen to indicate whether we like someone or not. Swipe right for like, swipe left if you don’t like.
好的,我们从动词“to swipe”开始。在智能机或者平板屏幕上我们手指的动作,表明我们喜欢或者不喜欢某个人。喜欢右滑,不喜欢左滑。
Our decisions on whether we find someone attractive or not are often instantaneous. This adjective means immediate, at once.
Rejection is when you let someone know that you are not interested in them, you don’t want to be romantically involved with them.
If you are rejected you might need some time to feel better, and for this you can use the phrasal verb ’get over’. It can take some time to get over a rejection.
如果你被拒绝了,你或许需要一些时间恢复,这样的话你可以使用动词词组“get over”。从被拒中恢复要花费一些时间。
Yeah, I know! Now, being positive and optimistic after a rejection can be described as dusting yourself off. But, having many rejections can be difficult to cope with, which means it can be difficult to manage, difficult to keep positive.
是的,我知道。在被拒后保持积极乐观可以被形容为“dusting yourself off”。但是多次被拒会很难处理,那指的是很难解决,很难保持积极。
Well, we hope you don’t swipe left on this programme and you will join us again next time. Remember you can find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and of course our website bbclearningenglish.com.
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Oh good idea. See you soon. Bye.
Bye bye!


In the UK, approximately how many marriages start with the couple meeting online? Is it:
A  One in three
B  One in four
C  One in five