Online dating sties have taken off in the last few years.The Washington Post reported “More than twice as many couples who married last year met through online dating services than at a club or social event, according to a new survey commissioned by Match.com”.
The Washington Post reported that Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine, stated, “online dating—in existence for less that two decades—has revolutionized the way people find and pursue potential mates.” To understand how these online dating sites work and to determine the effectiveness of creating a romantic relationship online we shall go through the online dating process explore how close relationships are formed and enacted through this online dating technology.
The first step to online dating is to create a profile.
These profiles are what the online sites use to put the user in to a database to match interest and capability with others.
To create these profiles many users without knowing use the perspective of The Generalized Other. Wood in her book Interpersonal Communication Everyday Encounters, describes it as “the perspective that reflects the views generally hold by others in a society.”(Wood, 49) Users take of the perspective of the generalized other when answering their profile questions to try to understand how others might view them when looking at their profile.
One of the most crucial parts of an online dating profile is the profile picture.
Many users use Artifacts, that Wood defines as “ personal objects [that] we use to announce our identities and heritage and to personalize our environment.”(Wood, 132) Clothing can be an example of this.
If someone was to be wearing a suite one might perceive the user as a business professional that has a steady income.
After the profile is up and running it is now time to start exploring others profiles.
One of the first things users looks at, when searching other users profiles, is their profile picture.