Online dating community
I will be making interpretations based on the lived experiences communicated to me in a textual form via MSN Messenger by users of Plenty of Fish.
Based on these interpretations, I aim to describe the essence of the online dating phenomenon within the context of the Plenty of Fish community.
Online dating communities are a growing industry, like social networking sites, and are similar in that they both provide interpersonal communication with others over the Internet.
In contrast to social networking sites, online dating communities are tailored specifically to users who are looking for a romantic partner, connection, or encounter.
Why do users join and participate in online dating communities?
And, what are positive/successful aspects of the community?
The users of a free community may be less serious, or less involved with utilizing the service compared to users who pay to be members of an inclusive community.
Readily available programs and websites facilitate easy transference of messages, thus rendering space and time irrelevant.
What are the negative/unsuccessful aspects of the community?
As for delimitations, I will focus specifically on the free online dating community, Plenty of Fish, and users who are aged 23-30 living in Ottawa, Ontario.
That is to say, they are freshly out of school, new to their careers and are frequenting bars and other social functions less than they once were.
Concerning limitations, this pilot study provides only a micro example of the experience of an online dating community.
This age group was selected with the anticipation that participants would be out of school and beginning careers.