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.