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Misrepresentation and Online Dating
A study of two online dating sites, with a specific focus on misrepresentation and gender differences.
# 144937 | 2,354 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2010 in Computer and Technology (Internet) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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The paper analyzes user profiles and investigates what aspects online daters lie about when utilizing an online dating service to find a potential partner. The paper is based on observation of two online dating sites, Fusion101.com and friendsreuniteddating.co.uk, and contact with both male and female members via an MSN Chat program. The paper explains the findings of the experiment that indicated that male users are more likely to deceive females during computer mediated communication.

Findings & Results

From the Paper:

"Thanks to the advancement of computing technology and the Internet, online dating websites are becoming an increasingly popular method for starting romantic relationships. Users spend time creating their profiles geared to enhance their best qualities, in hopes of attracting a prospective date. Hancock, Toma and Ellison (2007) found that it was very common for people to misrepresent themselves, during this process, with common exaggerations including information about their height, weight, and age, in their online dating profiles (Rowatt et al., 1998). This could cause some concern due to the fact that online dating lacks the initial face to face encounter experienced in traditional dating. This can make it difficult for people viewing the profile to be certain that they have a true picture of what that person is really like. In an example of deception and misrepresentation in on-line relationships, one study found that a twenty seven year old male had met an attractive young female on the Internet. However, when the time came to meet in person, the male was very surprised to be greeted by a pensioner (Joinson. AN, 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • All acedemic, (2003) Gender Differences in Online Dating: An Investigation of Vulnerability and Deception. Available from: http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/2/2/1/0/pages22108/p22108-1.php (Accessed 18 November 2008)
  • CBC News. (2004). Online Dating Facts and Figures. http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/services/onlinedating/facts.html. (Acccessed 17 November 2008)
  • Griffin, E. (2003) A first Look At Communication Theory 5th Edition. Interpersonal Deception. P.102
  • Hancock. JT. Toma. C, Ellison. N (2007) The truth about lying in online dating profiles, 449 - 452 (Accessed 10 November 2008)
  • Joinson. A.N (2003) Understanding The Psychology of Internet Behaviour. Deception and Misrepresentation in on-line Relationships. P.77 -78

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