Sociology online dating

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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.What are the negative/unsuccessful aspects of the community?As for delimitations, I will focus specifically on the free online dating community, Plenty of Fish, and users who are aged 23-30 living in Ottawa, Ontario.Increasingly, human interactions are being communicated by means of electronic, Internet-based medias.Readily available programs and websites facilitate easy transference of messages, thus rendering space and time irrelevant.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.This is a hermeneutical phenomenological study wherein the central purpose is to interpret and describe the user’s experience of the Plenty of Fish online dating community.

Aiming to arrive at a more concise topic, I selected online dating because of my interest and curiosity about this phenomenon.That is to say, they are freshly out of school, new to their careers and are frequenting bars and other social functions less than they once were.Concerning limitations, this pilot study provides only a micro example of the experience of an online dating community.In the following research study, I aim to examine user’s experience of the online dating community, Plenty of Fish (POF).The experience a user has is based upon their reasons for participating, the level of their involvement in the community, and the qualities the community offers to its users.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.

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