Revealing the 'real' me, searching for the 'actual' you: presentations of self on an internet dating site

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Abstract

This paper considers the presentation of self on an internet dating site. Thirty men and 30 women were interviewed about their online dating experiences. They were asked about how they constructed their profiles and how they viewed other individuals' profiles. Which types of presentations of self led to more successful offline romantic relationships were also investigated. Additionally, gender differences were examined. In line with previous research on presentation of self online, individuals were quite strategic in their online presentations. However, important differences between initiating a relationship on an internet dating site and other spaces (online and offline) included the type of self disclosed as well as the depth of breadth of information individuals self-disclosed about themselves before any one-on-one conversations took place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1707-1723
Number of pages17
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Internet dating
  • Internet relationships
  • Online dating
  • Possible selves
  • Self-presentation

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