Relationship development and online dating research

25 Sep

Included in this sample size are 4 men between the ages of 23 and 30.Although this sample will provide only a snapshot of a very particular area (city of Ottawa and the Plenty of Fish community) from the male point of view, it demonstrates the overall phenomenon of online dating communities and will display concepts common to the general experience of online daters involved in Internet dating communities.This concept is ideal for facilitating online dating networks where users seek to explore many users with the same intimate-based goals for using the community.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.

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Not having any personal experience of utilizing online dating communities, my interest is founded in the concept that such an inherently human and private matter of finding a romantic partner is being administered in a public, online domain.

How does the community itself influence the user’s experience of online dating?

Why do users join and participate in online dating communities?

Concerning limitations, this pilot study provides only a micro example of the experience of an online dating community.

It will only take into consideration the experiences of 4 users from the Ottawa, Ontario Plenty of Fish community.