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Deception in Online Dating

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Sharaya Jackson

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Deception in Online Dating

Online Dating
Power of technology in online dating
Deception in Online Dating
Proximity and Online Dating
Evolution of Online Dating
Theory of Proximity
Typically, most people for relationships with those in their immediate area. These people are called availables.

From there, individuals select potential partners from the group of availables. These people are called eligibles.

Online dating changes this.
Online dating and physical materiality
With online dating sites, proximity is less of an issue. These sites can bring together people who live thousands of miles apart.

My foray into online dating
Even though Brandon and I only live 10 miles apart, we likely wouldn't have met because we don't have overlapping careers or hobbies.

And yet, 7 months later...
1700s--The First Matrimonial Service
Expect more from technology, less from each other.

Online dating App: Tinder
1994~1995--First Major Internet Dating
of the users state that they are hoping to start a long-term relationship

state that they are just looking/curious

declare that they are looking for a casual relationship.

Men are more eager for a short term/casual relationship (14%) than women (4%).

1998--Movie "You Got the Mail"
Personal order vs. Social order

Motivation of online dating

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.
Face-to-face--> Paper mail--> E-mail--> Social Network
Stigma--> Cool

The meaning of dating changed
a) “real dating” is associated with expectations of commitment and a long-term relationship
-->Flirting? Get laid?

b)"real dating" is time-consuming
-->easily flirt with a lot of people online, one click to delete a person

"Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column"
Go back at least 300 years ago
Relationship becomes a commodity online,
people shop for partners.
Expectation in online dating
Men are more likely to lie than women
Deception in online dating has to be very strategic because it is a precursor to face-to-face communication
Self-presentation is very important when creating online dating profiles, and is easiy manipulated through online sites such as match.com, eharmony, etc
However, it can also bring together people who live close to one another.
"Mail order bride"
"You got mail!"
“Best way to meet someone”
"Online, they are in love"
Happy Ending
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