Research papers on online dating
Read the Full Text Many of us enter the dating pool looking for that special someone, but finding a romantic partner can be difficult. Dating sites provide access to more potential partners than do traditional dating methods, but the act of browsing and comparing large numbers of profiles can lead individuals to commoditize potential partners and can reduce their willingness to commit to any one person.
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.Sociological issues that potentially impact Internet dating include social capital and social support. A conclusion will be offered that details implications for further research.Keywords Identity; Internet Dating; Social Capital; Social Support; Symbolic Interactionist Perspective From a historical perspective, "Internet dating" can be tracked back to the mid-1960s when early computers were used to match individuals by comparing data derived from questionnaires.The technology of using a computer to bring humans together was promoted as "scientific" and the use of the computer for this purpose rapidly gained popularity in the United States and Germany (Hardey, 2002, p571).The rapid expansion of single person households, especially among professional classes who are most likely to have Internet access in their homes, provides a context for this phenomenon.