Revised Essay

Relationships between Profile Pictures and Personality

With its exploding popularity and easy accessibility, the selfie has dominated American culture since 2012. For most of the 20th century, photography was defined as a captured memory which often took much time to create. Within the digital era, digital cameras came about and made it much easier to view, click, and erase images. Social networks soon evolved eventually turning profile pictures into a popular concept as well as taking a selfie. Because of the era of technology and social media, the modern selfie is the perfect way to express or demonstrate how one is feeling. Pictures posted on social media or dating agencies effect one’s likeability allowing others to see one’s true self through a picture.

In terms of communication and networking, social networking sites have become a popular medium for people of all ages. Along with the provided information the user decides to share, valuable information can be discovered through an analysis of one’s profile picture; users can display different versions of themselves allowing them to express their true or fake selves.

Analyzing people by their profile pictures should consist of the “Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism” (Rutkin n.p.). The Big Five factors each consist of multiple narrow personality traits called facets. Evidence suggests that the Big Five, or Five Factor Model, contains “extraversion and openness as the strongest predictors” (Start Managing n.p.); conscientiousness, neuroticism, and agreeableness only correlated with a few social networking sites. Because women on average score higher than men within the categories of neuroticism, agreeableness, and openness, “such differences might imply the possibility of gender moderation of personality effects” (Kaplan n.p.). People who are considered to be dominant within the conscientious trait express emotions of all the different personality types. Openness is often linked with creativity whereas extraversion is complete surrounded by others. Ones that are consumed by neuroticism are hidden behind a blank expression in contrast to highly agreeable people that are bright and lively.

Status updates are one of the most popular features on Facebook; individuals with different dominant traits can be measured through their posting frequencies as well as their profile pictures. Because “social networking sites are unique environments, [they] provide users with a platform that allows them to communicate with others in a mediated space” (Kapidzic n.p.). Since profile pictures play such an important role in one’s first impressions, there is often a lot of thought and consideration when choosing a photo. Often, photos are chosen because they meet the body ideal as well as people’s expectations of beauty. The main goal of one’s profile picture is to show their personality ultimately giving them the ability to be perceived as the person they want to be known as.

Decades of research have indicated that color can affect a human’s emotions and perceptions. Although the influence of the effect is still unknown, it has been determined that specific colors have an effect on human perception and memory.  According to a recent study performed in 2011, men seem to perceive women more attractive when wearing the color red in a profile picture. When the woman was placed in front of a red background, “the model’s attractiveness was rated statistically higher than [others]” (Jung n.p.). Historically, red was figured as a symbol of femininity; today it is apprehended as a color associated with sexual desire. Not only does color emotionally affect us, but it attracts us as well. Not only is color the first thing the human eye focuses on, but “the way in which colors are combined also elicits different responses” (Dustman n.p.). When asked, one will categorize colors such as orange, red, and yellow as warm colors; blue and green are associated with cool tones. By seeing these colors prevalent in a profile picture on a dating agency or a social media site, one can connect their feelings towards the person based on their feelings towards the colors and the vibes they set off. If the color pink is seen worn in a profile picture, the person can be described as youthful, insecure, and or innocent. With further research from Reneé Dustman, yellow is associated with happiness or friendliness whereas green is inviting and describes the person as earthy and patient. Blue relates to melancholy feelings towards the individual where their personality may be passive yet thoughtful. If one wants to be uncommonly memorable within the crowd of applicants, blue was “rated statistically higher than the other color condition groups” (Jung n.p.). Color hues acting as human behavioral determinants influences perceptions that are not necessarily obvious in profile pictures.

Displayed in profile pictures, a person’s stance, outfit, expression, or even background can display information that words cannot. Within three conducted studies, a hypothesis was stated that “women who use red clothing to communicate sexual interest in men in profile pictures on dating websites” (Elliot n.p.) are more interested in casual sex with an unfamiliar partner; this research shows a functional use in color in women’s sexual self-presentation. Women often use a behavioral display of red to signal their sexual interest in men; therefore, a provocative parallel between women and social profiles relates to the mating game. The color red is “designed to communicate a message to male receivers” (Elliot n.p.). The color of one’s clothing can portray a vibe to a worthy competitor; sexual attraction has documented that color has important context-specific effects on humans.

Selfies are a global phenomenon; the enormous amount of self-portrait images taken and shared on social media has revolutionized the way people introduce themselves. Depending on what is displayed in the photo, differences between the Big Five personality traits can be distinguished allowing psychoanalysis of the individual. Even without the knowledge of the distinguishers, one can determine their liking of that particular person; one’s true self can be displayed for all to witness and judge.

 

Works Cited

Dustman, Renée. “The True and Connotative Meaning of Color.” Inside PageMaker 08 2005:       8. ProQuest. Web. 5 Dec. 2017 .

Elliot, Andrew J., and Adam D. Pazda. “Dressed for Sex: Red as a Female Sexual Signal in           Humans.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science,             journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034607.

Jung, Ilyung, et al. “Red for Romance, Blue for Memory.” SpringerLink, Spriger, Berlin,    Heidelberg, 9 July 2011, link.spriger.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-22098-     2_57?Ll=true.

Kapidzic, Sanja and Nicole Martins. “Mirroring the Media: The Relationship between Media       Consumption, Media Internalization, and Profile Picture Characteristics on Facebook.”            Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 59, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 278-297.          EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/08838151.2015.1029127.

Kaplan, Simona C., et al. “Social Anxiety and the Big Five Personality Traits: The Interactive        Relationship of Trust and Openness.” Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, vol. 44, no. 3, Apr.          2015, pp. 212-222. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1008032.

Rutkin, Aviva. “Social Media Profile Pics Reveal Your Personality.” New Scientist May 2016: 22. ProQuest. Web. 14 Nov. 2017 .

“Start managing your projects on the OSF today.” OSF | The Big Five Personality Traits, Big Two           Metatraits and Social Media: A Meta-Analysis, osf.io/6n4gr/.

 

References

“CONTAGION: How the ‘selfie’ became a social epidemic.” Fortune,         fortune.com/2014/08/22/contagion-selfie-narcissism-to-visual-language/.

Elliot, Andrew J., and Adam D. Pazda. “Dressed for Sex: Red as a Female Sexual Signal in           Humans.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science,             journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034607.

Kapidzic, Sanja and Nicole Martins. “Mirroring the Media: The Relationship between Media       Consumption, Media Internalization, and Profile Picture Characteristics on Facebook.”            Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 59, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 278-297.          EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/08838151.2015.1029127.

Kaplan, Simona C., et al. “Social Anxiety and the Big Five Personality Traits: The Interactive        Relationship of Trust and Openness.” Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, vol. 44, no. 3, Apr.          2015, pp. 212-222. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1008032.

Rutkin, Aviva. “Social Media Profile Pics Reveal Your Personality.” New Scientist May 2016: 22. ProQuest. Web. 14 Nov. 2017 .

“Start managing your projects on the OSF today.” OSF | The Big Five Personality Traits, Big Two           Metatraits and Social Media: A Meta-Analysis, osf.io/6n4gr/.

Stillman, Jessica. “What Your Profile Picture Says About Your Personality, According to Science.”           Inc.com, Inc., www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/what-your-profile-picture-says-about-your-           personality-according-to-science.html.

 

 

Research Essay

Relationships between Profile Pictures and Personality

            With its exploding popularity and easy accessibility, the selfie has dominated American culture since 2012. For most of the 20th century, photography was defined as a captured memory which often took much time to create. Within the digital era, digital cameras came about and made it much easier to view, click, and erase images. Social networks soon evolved eventually turning profile pictures into a popular concept as well as taking a selfie. Because of the era of technology and social media, the modern selfie is the perfect way to express or demonstrate how one is feeling. Pictures posted on social media or dating agencies effect one’s likeability allowing others to see one’s true self through a picture.

In terms of communication and networking, social networking sites have become a popular medium for people of all ages. Along with the provided information the user decides to share, valuable information can be discovered through an analysis of one’s profile picture; users can display different versions of themselves allowing them to express their true or fake selves.

Analyzing people by their profile pictures should consist of the “Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism” (Rutkin n.p.). The Big Five factors each consist of multiple narrow personality traits called facets. Evidence suggests that the Big Five, or Five Factor Model, contains “extraversion and openness as the strongest predictors” (Start Managing n.p.); conscientiousness, neuroticism, and agreeableness only correlated with a few social networking sites. Because women on average score higher than men within the categories of neuroticism, agreeableness, and openness, “such differences might imply the possibility of gender moderation of personality effects” (Kaplan n.p.). People who are considered to be dominant within the conscientious trait express emotions of all the different personality types. Openness is often linked with creativity whereas extraversion is complete surrounded by others. Ones that are consumed by neuroticism are hidden behind a blank expression in contrast to highly agreeable people that are bright and lively.

Status updates are one of the most popular features on Facebook; individuals with different dominant traits can be measured through their posting frequencies as well as their profile pictures. Because “social networking sites are unique environments, [they] provide users with a platform that allows them to communicate with others in a mediated space” (Kapidzic n.p.). Since profile pictures play such an important role in one’s first impressions, there is often a lot of thought and consideration when choosing a photo. Often, photos are chosen because they meet the body ideal as well as people’s expectations of beauty. The main goal of one’s profile picture is to show their personality ultimately giving them the ability to be perceived as the person they want to be known as.

Displayed in profile pictures, a person’s stance, outfit, expression, or even background can display information that words cannot. Within three conducted studies, a hypothesis was stated that “women who use red clothing to communicate sexual interest in men in profile pictures on dating websites” (Elliot n.p.) are more interested in casual sex with an unfamiliar partner; this research shows a functional use in color in women’s sexual self-presentation. Women often use a behavioral display of red to signal their sexual interest in men; therefore, a provocative parallel between women and social profiles relates to the mating game. The color red is “designed to communicate a message to male receivers” (Elliot n.p.). The color of one’s clothing can portray a vibe to a worthy competitor; sexual attraction has documented that color has important context-specific effects on humans.

Selfies are a global phenomenon; the enormous amount of self-portrait images taken and shared on social media has revolutionized the way people introduce themselves. Depending on what is displayed in the photo, differences between the Big Five personality traits can be distinguished allowing psychoanalysis of the individual. Even without the knowledge of the distinguishers, one can determine their liking of that particular person; one’s true self can be displayed for all to witness and judge.

 

 

Works Cited

Elliot, Andrew J., and Adam D. Pazda. “Dressed for Sex: Red as a Female Sexual Signal in           Humans.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science,             journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034607.

Kapidzic, Sanja and Nicole Martins. “Mirroring the Media: The Relationship between Media       Consumption, Media Internalization, and Profile Picture Characteristics on Facebook.”            Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 59, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 278-297.          EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/08838151.2015.1029127.

Kaplan, Simona C., et al. “Social Anxiety and the Big Five Personality Traits: The Interactive        Relationship of Trust and Openness.” Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, vol. 44, no. 3, Apr.          2015, pp. 212-222. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1008032.

Rutkin, Aviva. “Social Media Profile Pics Reveal Your Personality.” New Scientist May 2016: 22. ProQuest. Web. 14 Nov. 2017 .

“Start managing your projects on the OSF today.” OSF | The Big Five Personality Traits, Big Two           Metatraits and Social Media: A Meta-Analysis, osf.io/6n4gr/.

 

References

“CONTAGION: How the ‘selfie’ became a social epidemic.” Fortune,         fortune.com/2014/08/22/contagion-selfie-narcissism-to-visual-language/.

Elliot, Andrew J., and Adam D. Pazda. “Dressed for Sex: Red as a Female Sexual Signal in           Humans.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science,             journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034607.

Kapidzic, Sanja and Nicole Martins. “Mirroring the Media: The Relationship between Media       Consumption, Media Internalization, and Profile Picture Characteristics on Facebook.”            Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 59, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 278-297.          EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/08838151.2015.1029127.

Kaplan, Simona C., et al. “Social Anxiety and the Big Five Personality Traits: The Interactive        Relationship of Trust and Openness.” Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, vol. 44, no. 3, Apr.          2015, pp. 212-222. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1008032.

Rutkin, Aviva. “Social Media Profile Pics Reveal Your Personality.” New Scientist May 2016: 22. ProQuest. Web. 14 Nov. 2017 .

“Start managing your projects on the OSF today.” OSF | The Big Five Personality Traits, Big Two           Metatraits and Social Media: A Meta-Analysis, osf.io/6n4gr/.

Stillman, Jessica. “What Your Profile Picture Says About Your Personality, According to Science.”           Inc.com, Inc., www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/what-your-profile-picture-says-about-your-           personality-according-to-science.html.

 

 

Artist Statement

Throughout these past few weeks of discovering my subdomain topic and what interests me the most through the subtopics of digital media, I chose to find more information within the field of relationships and happiness. After much consideration, I decided on my thesis stating that social media and technology can be the answer for finding love (http://relationships.jennaholland.net ).

I am not one who willingly posts about my daily life on social media let alone my relationship. I also have never had a blog website discussing something that interests me, so there are a lot of firsts put forth in the making of this project. I have found that my blog posts resemble my scatterbrain and can become out of order at times. I have created two files within my subdomain thus far: social media and research files. I have noticed myself not posting as much as I would like to under the social media folder, but the research folder is slowly becoming denser with information regarding various dating websites and social media sites.

As far as research is concerned, I have learned an awful amount of useless information regarding online dating agencies and their secrets for how they “match” someone. Back in the 1990s, speed dating was at its peak and dominated the charts for successful dating rates. Because people’s lives are so busy and hectic nowadays, speed dating was created to minimize the phone calls and love letters sent back and forth. Although speed dating did quickly die off, one true thing remained – first impressions are everything (http://relationships.jennaholland.net/research/speed-dating-online-dating/ ). Because of the advanced technology and social media available today, speed dating quickly became something of the past and transitioned to the era of the “swipe right” phase.

Tinder, known as the hookup app, has over 50 million active users. By simply swiping right on someone’s profile, it alerts the user of the viewers interest and gives them the opportunity to direct message them. The main point I tried to convey within that blog post related to the idea that Tinder and other online dating agencies do not differ from the general population; Tinder is doing just as well as official dating websites (http://relationships.jennaholland.net/research/tinder-vs-online-dating-agencies/ ).

Over time, a growing number of adults have been using online dating sites and the key is to incorporate new technological advancements with a little bit of old school romance. The internet enables them to have a larger pool of applicants and allows for a convenient way to meet people. Although dating online is more likely among young and middle-aged adults, older adults are more likely to go online and search for a potential life partner (http://relationships.jennaholland.net/research/mid-life-romance/ ).

The last category I researched involved social media, specifically Facebook. I found it very intriguing that millennials take such joy within the simple act of liking a picture or receiving comments. On social media, relationships are usually blown out of proportion and may seem livelier then they actually are. Social media has been in my life since I can remember and is almost used a memory book filled with past relationships and lovers (http://relationships.jennaholland.net/research/facebook-love/ ).

The description and explanation for my digital tools are located on my subdomain (http://relationships.jennaholland.net/research/explanation-of-interactive-tools/ ).

 

 

Most helpful resources:

“Dating Apps and Websites: 60% of People Think they can Find True Love Online.” PR NewswireFeb 09 2017. ProQuest. Web. 4 Oct. 2017 .

 

Ansari, Aziz and Charlotte Alter. “Love in the Age of Like.” Time, vol. 185, no. 22, 15 June 2015, p. 40. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=103066216&site=ehost-live.

 

Bacon, Jonathan. “How Online Dating Won the Heart of the Nation.” Marketing Week (Online Edition), 11 Feb. 2015, p. 9. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=100957377&site=ehost-live.

 

Gatter, Karoline, and Kathleen Hodkinson. “Directory of Open Access Journals.” Cogent Psychology, Cogent OA, 1 Dec. 2016, doaj.org/article/f5b39477c2804630b31e0cadc42fd275.

 

Johnson, L. (2015, Nov 30). Tinder. Adweek, 56, 44. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.umw.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1748583071?accountid=12299

 

“Author Says Finding Mid-Life Romance has Never been Easier.” PR NewswireApr 18 2012. ProQuest. Web. 12 Oct. 2017 .

 

“Dating Website and App Use Statistics.” Statistic Brain, 20 July 2016, www.statisticbrain.com/dating-website-and-app-use-statistics/.

 

Rowe, J. W., & Kahn, R. L. (1997). Successful aging. The Gerontol- ogist, 37(4), 433–440. doi:10.1093/geront/37.4.433

 

Benson, Elisa. “Facebook Love.” Seventeen, vol. 70, no. 1, Dec2010/Jan2011, p. 116. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=55749271&site=ehost-live.

 

Explanation of Interactive Tools

Within my shared posts under my research file, I added media that contributes to a visual message based off of the main points specific to that blog post. After reading each blog post and conrtibuting about 3 minutes to understanding the main points and messages conveyed in each category, hopefully the reader will have a different perspective of dating online.

I for one believe that love exists online and technology and social media are just there to give us a little nudge in the right direction. After research throughout several topics of social media and technology, I found that a visual of the main words I want to get across in my topic of the blog post help convey the importance and of those specific words.

For the topics of “Speed Dating and Online Dating” as well as “Mid-Life Romance,” I decided to do a visual image with the help from voyant-tools.org. I used the cirrus setting for the display images and picked the amount of words that suited the blog post itself. For the first topic regarding speed dating, I decided not to include so many words because there really is not much put into speed dating nowadays. For the topic discussing mid-life romances, I added more words to emphasize the many people that fall under that category and the open opportunities available online disregarding age.

Under the topic of “Tinder Vs Online Dating” and “Facebook Love,” I used voyant-tools.org again and used the links visual. I chose this visual demonstration because there was much more information and detail wrapped up into the topics. All of the main categories can be related and connected to subtopics within the same category. Within the 3 minutes spent reading and understanding the visuals, the reader should be able to distinguish the similarities and differences between each link of words and ideas related to the topic of the blog post.

Facebook Love

Between all forms of social media, especially Facebook, relationships are usually blown out of proportion and may seem more lively then they actually are. Since social media has basically been is millennials’ whole lives, it is hard to imagine what life would be like without Facebook. Social media is with people through every milestone of their life and can be considered a memory book throughout the years. The memories and feelings associated with Facebook may also be contributed to the change connected with love on social media.

In today’s day and age, a simple post on a Facebook wall or the sight of that specific person’s name on a phone is considered sparking interest into one another. Trading messages back and forth is much easier than talking face-to-face; the awkward silence is avoided and there is much more time to think about responses that would like to be heard.

Because 40% of girls check their Facebook crush’s profile more than once a day, it is important to them that the public knows of their relationship. Once a relationship is announced on Facebook, it is known as a big deal due to the subtle announcement to family and close loves ones.

A public social media profile can display information about someone’s interests and likes. For example, a person who commonly changes their profile picture’s are known as looking for attention and are commonly talked about as desperate. Not everything is known about someone from their profile, but one can realize how easy it is to be fooled online.

 

Resources:

Benson, Elisa. “Facebook Love.” Seventeen, vol. 70, no. 1, Dec2010/Jan2011, p. 116. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=55749271&site=ehost-live.

 

Mid-Life Romance

A growing number of adults have become more familiar with the online dating world. In today’s society, there are currently 30.8 million single adults between the ages of 40 and 64. Because of the technology available, it is easier than ever to find that special someone.

Because of online technology and a less restrictive environment, today’s single adults have more options and opportunities to meet each other than ever before. According to statistic brain.com, 22% of people between the ages of 45-54 have used online dating websites; only 12% of people within the ages of 55-64 have used an online dating website. An estimated 40 million American adults have tried some form of online dating which stands to show the growing popularity of finding love online.

Many authors and love dating experts find that love is possible at any age but only comes to those who are ready to embrace it. Online dating is so popular amongst middle aged adults because they have accepted their life for what it is and are ready for commitment.

It was found that the key to a successful relationship online consists of embracing technology with a combination of old-fashioned romance. The internet enables them to have a larger pool of applicants and allows for a convenient way to meet people. Although dating online is more likely among young and middle-aged adults, older adults are more likely to go online and search for a potential life partner. Even though there is research proving that older adults engage in more interest in online dating websites, there is no evidence proving how they present themselves on their profiles.

A factor that is associated with successful online dating within the middle-aged adults remains connected to three standards held by their dating peers: low probability of disease or illness, actively functioning physical and mental abilities, and active engagement with life and social activities. This theory created by J. W. Rowe and R. L. Kahn often receives much criticism because it is thought to be narrow and unrealistic. It is also thought to be a negative theory since many middle-aged adults are very content with their life and are very optimistic about getting older. Many older adults find a balance of peace and harmony by aging with grace within the body and internal notion of love.

Many reasons why the three standards were chosen are related to the basis of expressing one’s interest. Participation in physical and cognitive activities are related to high levels of functioning. It is never too late to find love, and technology and online dating sites make it very accessible to enjoy life with someone that shares common interests and attraction.

 

Resources:

“Dating Website and App Use Statistics.” Statistic Brain, 20 July 2016, www.statisticbrain.com/dating-website-and-app-use-statistics/.

Rowe, J. W., & Kahn, R. L. (1997). Successful aging. The Gerontol- ogist, 37(4), 433–440. doi:10.1093/geront/37.4.433.

Tinder vs. Online Dating Agencies

What is Tinder? Tinder is a social media app that is associated with the phrase “swipe right.” After downloading the free app, one will make an account and upload a profile with interesting facts and characteristics about themselves along with their residence area. The profile consists of many pictures of oneself, mainly focusing on looks and a catchy paragraph in the “about me” section. This sections will be one of the first things that a person will see when looking at the profile along with the selected profile pictures.

The main idea of the app is to show the plethora of people within the same area as the finder. People within the same region as the user will automatically pop up in their recent feed and there their profiles can be viewed. The main aspect of the app is based off of first impressions and looks; if one finds the person attractive, they simply swipe right. If they are respectively not the one, they swipe left. When someone swipes right on a profile, the person will receive a notification and the chance to direct message the person. In this matter, it makes it very easy to create casual hookups with people that are found attractive and close by.

Because Tinder has 50 million users, an average user will swipe approximately 1.6 billion times per day. The app gradually gained popularity and other companies quickly noticed; Tinder started making money by selling subscriptions and running ad campaigns within the app.

There has often been communication around controversy and stereotypes associated with the users’ (Tinder and online dating websites) characteristics . For example, people often associated with eHarmony usually carry emotional baggage along with them. Today, experts still have not yet examined the individual characteristic associated with Tinder.

For every social media site and online dating website, every person differs within three categories: sociability, self-esteem, and sexual permissiveness. Within recent studies, there has not been shown any differences between the three categories differing within dating agencies or social media sites. One difference that is known for a fact results in Tinder users being younger than online dating agency users; the app is commonly known for casual hookups associated within the category of sexual permissiveness.

Overall, Tinder and online dating websites do not differ from the general population. Tinder does have an extensive amount of younger users, but there is no underlining common characteristic of the users to ultimately differentiate them from dating website members.

 

Resources:

Gatter, Karoline, and Kathleen Hodkinson. “Directory of Open Access Journals.” Cogent Psychology, Cogent OA, 1 Dec. 2016, doaj.org/article/f5b39477c2804630b31e0cadc42fd275.

Johnson, L. (2015, Nov 30). Tinder. Adweek, 56, 44. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.umw.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1748583071?accountid=12299

Speed Dating & Online Dating

In the 1990s, speed dating became very popular and defined a whole new meaning of love, relationships, and technology. Because people’s lives are so busy nowadays, speed dating was created to minimize the old-school courtships and the time put forth into creating a relationship (Tonder). The idea remains that first impressions are everything, so why go through the troubles of letters and prolonged phone calls? Scientists say that within 3 seconds, a person already has their mind made up on whether they like or dislike that particular someone (Tonder).  After doing further research, love became a complicated topic when categorized with technology, pornography, gossip, and fashion.

The birth of speed dating, at the time, was a very popular and hot topic everyone was talking about; many people that could not find love wanted to try this new phenomenon. The short and mainly pointless conversations created within those scarce 3-8 minutes created gossip within the communities. The most fascinating part that I find throughout research of speed dating is that people are so easily affected by others within that short amount of time; if you are truly looking for love, you will do anything to find it.

Speed dating can sometimes be a “Debby-downer,” meaning it is a hard realization to find out someone is not interested in you within a matter of seconds. Although it may be a self-confidence crusher, it does make it easier to pick out the qualities you find attractive in a person as well as the many turn-offs that are bound to be brought to one’s attention.

With the advanced technology that is available today, speed dating is no longer popular; online dating is much more efficient and easily accessible. The internet is such a large portion of our every day lives and finding your soulmate online makes sense, right? Because many young adults are so focused on being successful, it becomes hard for one to simply hang out in a bar and physically put forth the effort and time to introduce yourself to someone you find attractive (Knudson). With online dating, there is the possibility of being “cat-fished,” meaning people put forth the person they want to be known as.

On the other hand, online dating is a place to meet like-minded people. It offers a sense of anonymity which causes people to feel emotionally safer (Knudson). By taking the dating process literally step by step, it becomes a great tool to step out of your social bubble and take a whack at love at your own pace. Online dating also reduces the chance of rejection allowing you to respond after you think about what you want to say.

 

Resources:

Tonder, Lars. Love, Technology, and Dating. 2008, muse-jhu-edu.ezproxy.umw.edu/article/249207. Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.

Knudson, Pamela. “Online dating: New technology transforms age-Old, sometimes frustrating search for dates or mates.” ProQuest, Tribune Content Agency LLC, ezproxy.umw.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.umw.edu/docview/1508149944?accountid=12299. Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.