Articles on internet dating sites
I will be making interpretations based on the lived experiences communicated to me in a textual form via MSN Messenger by users of Plenty of Fish.
Based on these interpretations, I aim to describe the essence of the online dating phenomenon within the context of the Plenty of Fish community.
Not having any personal experience of utilizing online dating communities, my interest is founded in the concept that such an inherently human and private matter of finding a romantic partner is being administered in a public, online domain.
Having heard about this particular site, POF, from various friends and coworkers, I considered it to be a good community to select as a context for user’s experiences.
The central questions this research study intends to answer are: what is the user’s experience of the online dating community, POF?
How does the community itself influence the user’s experience of online dating?
Although this sample will provide only a snapshot of a very particular area (city of Ottawa and the Plenty of Fish community) from the male point of view, it demonstrates the overall phenomenon of online dating communities and will display concepts common to the general experience of online daters involved in Internet dating communities.
Included in this sample size are 4 men between the ages of 23 and 30.
The prevalence of online dating is also a signifier of the over-stimulated and excessive nature of current society.
Generally, society is accustom to having wide varieties of everything from cereal to cars to choose from, and online dating contributes to this notion because it provides a large body of potential lovers to choose from.
Although it is an international website, users are grouped according to their local area, unless they wish to search users in a different, specific area.
Membership in this community is free, which differentiates it form other major dating communities like e Harmony, Lava Life or