Computer mediated communication and online dating
Sixty-six percent of online daters report that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
Two questions posed by researchers offer important and unexpected findings.Despite the popularity of online dating sites, little is known about what occurs when online dating partners choose to communicate offline.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.Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, 2015, among 2,001 adults, finds that: This growth has been especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.Qualitative data analysis suggests that these women balance the perceived advantages of online dating (e.g.
increased individual agency in initiating romantic relationships, increased control over interaction, greater confidentiality and privacy) with their desire to maintain their cultural and religious courtship practices.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.
Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.
Drawing upon the extensive research and meta-analysis compiled in Matthew D.
Johnson’s interesting book, Answers: With these studies and more reported, it is concluded that a couple’s use of computer mediated communication like online emails or texts for online dating prior to face to face communication does enhance intimacy and can be beneficial.
ABSTRACT: This research examines how online dating technology affects the experience of mate selection and courtship among Muslim American women.