Online Dating: Progressions Through Technology and the 21st Century Relationship


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Online Dating: Progressions Through Technology and the 21st Century Relationship

  1. 1. Online Dating: ProgressionsThrough Technology & The21st Century RelationshipBy Lauren A. JohnstonPhoto by ArdinhasaPhotography (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  2. 2. Society is in an era that ismarkedly different from itspredecessors because of onestrong force:Photo by Virtual3 (Flickr)technology.Friday, 17 May, 13
  3. 3. Photo by Chapendra (Flickr)Different technologies, specifically the internet,have changed the ways in which peoplecommunicate on a daily basis.Friday, 17 May, 13
  4. 4. One of the areas that has beensignificantly affected by this shift isthe realm of online relationships -specifically romantic relationships.Photo by Michael Gil(Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  5. 5. Photo by JONESING1 (Flickr)Online dating sites are useful for manybecause they ease some discomfort indating. It is often less intimidating tomessage someone online rather thanapproach them in person.Friday, 17 May, 13
  6. 6. Photo by Craig. (Flickr)The goal formost users is tofind a long-termrelationship asopposed tomore casualforms of dating.But, there arespecificwebsitescatered to thisas well.Friday, 17 May, 13
  7. 7. Crafting an onlineprofile hasbecome anartform in itself.For most, there isan ample amountof detail put intocreating theseprofiles.Photo by thisisbossi (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  8. 8. The internet allows people toquickly and convenientlycommunicate with thousands ofpeople worldwide with similarhobbies, interests and personalities.Photo by Charley Lhasa (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  9. 9. Within a fewclicks, aperson canbroaden ornarrowpotentialmatchesbased onwhichevercriteria theydecide areimportant tothem.Photo by mahb (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  10. 10. Photo by DENISE T. (FLICKR)This allows the ‘dating process’ to accelerate. Theuser determines which attributes they want in apartner, and then get a broad overview of theperson on a profile.Friday, 17 May, 13
  11. 11. Like a résumé, the online dating profile isoften an ‘amped up’ abstract of thepotential partner. Users highlight theirbest features in order to attract others.Photo by Bixentro (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  12. 12. This translates into more than just words in text boxes - a profilepicture is arguably more important, as it is the first impressionthat other users have of the person. Photo by Akane Kinomoto (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  13. 13. Studies show thatmost peopleexpectphotographs ofpotential partnersto be authenticbecause of theanticipated face-to-faceinteraction...Photo by Susan Sermoneta(Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  14. 14. ... but there is also evidencethat users recognize thatphotographs can be ‘self-enhancing’ and editable.Photo by TyMotion (Flickr)Source: Hancock & Toma, 2009Friday, 17 May, 13
  15. 15. Impression management is crucial. Putting theirbest face (or profile) forward could be thedifference between a sparse or full inbox, andmaximizing outcomes (dates) is usually the goal.Photo by William Hartz (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  16. 16. Strong relationships are built on communication and trust.Photo by Thomas Leuthard (Flickr)People desire to feel understood and cared for byromantic partners - so, how does this come into play online?Friday, 17 May, 13
  17. 17. There aresufficientchallenges thattake place inonlinerelationships,especiallythose overlong distances.Photo by LIQUENE (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  18. 18. Depending on the distanceand how often the couplemeets up, there is a lack ofintimacy and ‘genuine’ face-to-face contact.Photo by Denise Mayumi (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  19. 19. But, messagesexchanged onlinegradually escalateover time whenparticipants havebuilt a strongenough bond, thetype of technologyused can change.Photo By Martin Gommel (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  20. 20. The shift from datingsite to main socialnetworking sitedemonstrates asense of progressionin the relationshipwhere the user allowsthe (potential)partner to beintegrated into theuser’s exterior socialnetwork.Photo by David Delaney (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  21. 21. Photo by mervi eskelinen (flickr)The interactions may berelocated to emailconversations, andeventually friending onpersonal social networkingaccounts - like aFacebook profile that theuser uses to speak tofriends and family.Friday, 17 May, 13
  22. 22. Videochat platforms such asSkype and FaceTime allow formore intimate conversations inthe online world - complete withvoice and facial expression.Photo by Joe Philipson (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  23. 23. These technologies make thedistance between many onlinerelationships smaller.Photo by thejourney1972 (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  24. 24. Some say that e-relationshipsprovide for a deeper and moreemotional relationship than offlineones.Photo by Kevin Dooley (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  25. 25. Photo by Derriel Street Photography (Flickr)“An estimated 30 to 40 millionNorth Americans now useonline dating sites...... we will reach a point where people don’t distinguish betweenmeeting online and off line... we won’t refer to online dating, it willjust be dating.” - Dan SlaterFriday, 17 May, 13
  26. 26. Photo by Viktor Hertz (Flickr)Source: Anson Alexander52% of onlinedaters are men,48% women.Online dating is a $1 Billion business, with the averageuser spending about $239 a year on online dating.Source: Anson AlexanderFriday, 17 May, 13
  27. 27. But, if the goal for online (long distance) relationships is to end inmarriage or at least have a long-term duration, the odds are inthe couple’s favour.Photo by ANNAJhk (FLICKR)Friday, 17 May, 13
  28. 28. The internet hasmade it possiblefor thousands ofcouples to startrelationshipsworldwide, while‘decreasing thedistance’ forlong-distancecouples, whetherthe relationshipstarted online oroff.Photo by Ken Bosma (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  29. 29. Although they may begin in a virtual world, theserelationships are becoming more socially acceptableand a key method in which people meet romanticpartners.Whether long-term or short, the internet and the various stems oftechnology have undeniably changed the face of dating in the21st century...Photo by Tristan Schnurr (Flickr)Friday, 17 May, 13
  30. 30. The Following Articles were used for statistics, information and inspiration for thispresentation:- (quotes taken from Dan Slater in thisarticle)- (AnsonAlexander)- & Toma, 2009)All photos in this presentation wereused under a Creative CommonsLicense and sourced from Flickr.Friday, 17 May, 13