Research about dating in internet
And because most dating sites ask users to give consent for their data to be used for research purposes, this online courting has played out like an enormous social science experiment, recording people's moment-by-moment interactions and judgments.A team led by Elizabeth Bruch, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tapped into this torrent of dating data.
More important, however, participants preferred people whose online persona could be clearly traced to a real person.“Instead of just saying, ‘I write a blog,’ name the blog and encourage people to check it out,” High says. High and Wotipka presented their preliminary findings in November 2014 at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association.
They plan to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed journal in the spring of 2015.
Because of a nondisclosure agreement, the researchers can't reveal the exact source of their subjects, describing it only as an "established, marriage-oriented, subscription-based dating site" from which they randomly selected 1855 people, all based in New York City.
Besides photographs, each user's profile could include any number of personal details including age, height, weight, education, marital status, number of children, and smoking and drinking habits.
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.