Though “catfishing” represents an extreme example of the risks, online relationship formation can present some negatives. Much of her research is motivated by an ambition to design and implement school-based bullying intervention/prevention programs.
Although the opportunity to select from thousands of profiles is often a plus of online dating, sometimes less is more. In her free time, Hannah enjoys eating cheese and watching Survivor (not necessarily at the same time).
There is evidence that having access to such a wide selection of potential partners can at times transform dating into an evaluative process.
The psychology of dating websites
Rather than relying on word from a friend of a friend (“you guys would be PERFECT for each other”), users often let the formula do the work.
Online daters also have extensive personal information at their fingertips.
Before even online chatting with potential matches, users typically know something about their appearance, personality, and job. Dating websites offer users new levels of access to potential partners, a perk that may be especially advantageous for those with uncertainty about, for example, approaching a stranger in a bar.
On certain websites, users have the option of providing even more personal information, such as whether or not they want children, how frequently they bathe/shower, and even if they like to cuddle Finally, in contrast to conventional dating where both parties first meet in person, online dating situates the first conversation in cyberspace, where users usually online chat before arranging their first meetup. Similarly, for individuals that struggle to meet potential partners due to geographic location, work schedule, or other obstacles, the accessible nature of the Internet makes this process much easier online.
Once online daters finally meet in person, relationship processes appear very similar to traditional forms of dating, though there has been little research examining if subsequent relationship maintenance varies depending on its origin (e.g., online vs. Online dating also offers promise for bringing similar individuals together, especially niche websites intended for people with the same religious background, interests, or career.
Finally, through online dating, individuals can use both user profiles and online chatting to gauge compatibility with others before the first rendez-vous.However, this is not to say online dating is without its drawbacks.Anyone who has ever sat through one of the more grimace-inducing episodes of MTV’s Catfish can attest to the dangers of online relationships-gone-wrong. She is broadly interested in the risk factors and consequences of peer victimization among early adolescents, and how these experiences vary across different contexts.When I first saw the movie “You’ve Got Mail” at the ripe old age of 8, the idea of developing a relationship through online chatrooms seemed novel, unconventional and even…creepy?Fast-forward 15 years later, where one in ten people are using an online dating website, and much of the stigma associated with this activity has declined.Since 2005, the proportion of Internet users agreeing that “online dating is a good way to meet people” has increased from 44 to 59%, and 41% of college graduates report knowing someone who has met a long-term partner through online dating.