Articles of online dating
Online dating communities are a growing industry, like social networking sites, and are similar in that they both provide interpersonal communication with others over the Internet.In contrast to social networking sites, online dating communities are tailored specifically to users who are looking for a romantic partner, connection, or encounter.
Readily available programs and websites facilitate easy transference of messages, thus rendering space and time irrelevant.In the following research study, I aim to examine user’s experience of the online dating community, Plenty of Fish (POF).The experience a user has is based upon their reasons for participating, the level of their involvement in the community, and the qualities the community offers to its users.Societal changes have caused the most private of matters to be taken online.Online communities of users seeking romantic connections by displaying themselves not only as users, but as a potential partners, is a signifier of the liberal, technologically-dependant era we are currently in.I will be making interpretations based on the lived experiences communicated to me in a textual form via MSN Messenger by users of Plenty of Fish.
Based on these interpretations, I aim to describe the essence of the online dating phenomenon within the context of the Plenty of Fish community.
What are the negative/unsuccessful aspects of the community?
As for delimitations, I will focus specifically on the free online dating community, Plenty of Fish, and users who are aged 23-30 living in Ottawa, Ontario.
Although it is an international website, users are grouped according to their local area, unless they wish to search users in a different, specific area.
Membership in this community is free, which differentiates it form other major dating communities like e Harmony, Lava Life or
Choosing an online love interest allows users to be very picky in terms of the qualities they are looking for in a partner.