4 Online Dating

In Chapter 3, we learnt that increasingly people are meeting their partners online – in particular on online dating sites. We have stressed in this book that there is no one theory that fits all when it comes to the Internet. Instead, we need to consider the various spaces online, how they are constructed and the norms that govern their spaces. In this chapter, you will learn that the hyperpersonal relationships observed in other spaces online do not apply to those formed on online dating sites. Moreover, there are various strategies people use to find a partner on these sites, and relationships progress through different stages from those of relationships formed in other online spaces as well as those formed in more ...

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