Offline dating statistics
Conventional notions of romantic relationship initiation hinged upon an individual's chance encounters with other single adults in his/her geographic proximity (e.g., meeting someone at work, a social engagement, or grocery store), or introductions made by members of his/her social network (e.g., being set up by a friend or a family member).
Online dating sites break free from these conventions by providing individuals with “increased information about a wider pool of potential partners than usually available in face-to-face encounters” (Heino, Ellison, & Gibbs, 2010, p. As a result, online dating sites are a convenient way for single adults to strategically locate other individuals who are seeking a romantic relationship.
Dating services such as e and utilize compatibility algorithms that attempt to match customers with other highly compatible users.
Sites such as and Plenty Of Fish.com, on the other hand, allow members to search through an entire database of user profiles without the constraints of compatibility algorithms.
Indeed, 65% of online daters in Whitty and Carr's (2006) study reported arranging Ft F meetings within one week of their initial online encounter.
This meeting is important because it provides additional cues that could either enhance or diminish online daters' perceptions of each other (Finkel et al., 2012), and therefore helps daters assess their offline romantic relationship potential (Whitty, 2008).
It remains unknown, however, whether various factors pertinent to the online relationship (e.g., amount of online interaction) influence the relational communication that occurs once partners meet Ft F.
The hyperpersonal perspective (Walther, 1996) is frequently employed to examine self-presentation and impression formation in mediated communication contexts.The modality switching perspective suggests that online partners who meet offline might experience different outcomes depending upon the amount of time and online communication preceding the initial Ft F meeting.Research reveals that MS leads to reduced uncertainty and more positive outcomes within short-term online partnerships, yet often provokes uncertainty and more negative outcomes by violating the expectations of long-term online partners (Ramirez & Zhang, 2007; Ramirez & Wang, 2008).On a theoretical level, the present study seeks to enhance scholarly understanding of the MS process.Prior research has utilized experimental designs in which participants were randomly paired with a partner and assigned a task to complete (e.g., Ramirez & Zhang, 2007; Ramirez & Wang, 2008).