Revealing the 'real' me, searching for the 'actual' you: Presentations of self on an internet dating site
journal contributionposted on 2012-01-16, 12:43 authored by Monica T. Whitty
This paper considers the presentation of self on an internet dating site. Thirty men and 30 women were interviewed about their online dating experiences. They were asked about how they constructed their profiles and how they viewed other individuals’ profiles. Which types of presentations of self led to more successful offline romantic relationships were also investigated. Additionally, gender differences were examined. In line with previous research on presentation of self online, individuals were quite strategic in their online presentations. However, important differences between initiating a relationship on an internet dating site and other spaces (online and offline) included the type of self disclosed as well as the depth of breadth of information individuals self-disclosed about themselves before any one-on-one conversations took place.
CitationComputers in Human Behavior, 2008, 24 (4), pp. 1707-1723
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication
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