Academic journals online dating
As of October 2012, reports that one in five new relationships, and one in six new marriages occur between partners who met using an online dating service.
Given its prevalence, researchers are attempting to understand how online dating differs from traditional processes of romantic relationship formation (for a review, see Finkel, Eastwick, Karney, Reis, & Sprecher, 2012).
Results were consistent with the hypothesized curvilinear relationship between the amount of online communication and perceptions of relational messages (intimacy, composure, informality, social orientation), forecasts of the future of the relationship, and information seeking behavior when meeting their partner Ft F.
The results provide support for the modality switching perspective, and offer important insight for online daters.
The authors suggest four reasons as to why this might be the case: Regardless of the mechanism, two things are clear: more and more Americans are meeting their spouses online and those marriages are pretty solid.
The Internet, in the words of the authors, “may be altering the dynamics and outcomes of marriage itself.” So go ahead, take the plunge.
Drawing upon the modality switching perspective, the present study assessed a national sample of online daters to determine whether face-to-face (Ft F) relational outcomes could be predicted by the amount of online communication prior to the initial Ft F meeting.This perspective has been tested almost exclusively in the context of experimental partnerships, yet it should provide a useful lens for examining the context of online daters who switch modalities by meeting offline.The present study's investigation of MS in online dating will provide important practical and theoretical insight.Most research has conceptualized online dating using the frameworks of self-presentation (Ellison, Heino, & Gibbs, 2006; Ellison, Hancock, & Toma, 2011; Whitty, 2008), or self-disclosure/uncertainty reduction (Gibbs, Ellison, & Lai, 2011).This literature provides excellent understanding of the various factors related to impression management and deception/honesty in online dating, yet it is limited to the scope of profile construction and interpretation.