Psychology dating online
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.
This age group was selected with the anticipation that participants would be out of school and beginning careers.
At this stage in life, individuals tend to lack the social outlets generally used to meet potential partners.
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?
It will only take into consideration the experiences of 4 users from the Ottawa, Ontario Plenty of Fish community.
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.
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
Choosing an online love interest allows users to be very picky in terms of the qualities they are looking for in a partner.