Online dating modality switching

online dating modality switching

Do online dating services promote modality switching?

The results provide support for the modality switching perspective, and offer important insight for online daters. Once stigmatized as rife with deception and desperation, online dating services such as have become popular venues for adults to meet potential romantic partners.

How do online daters create mental constructs of their potential partners?

The results of the present study suggest online daters create mental constructs of their potential partners by reading their online dating profile, using that information to fill-in-the-blanks of who the partner might really be in the offline world.

Can face-to-face communication predict relational outcomes in online daters?

Drawing upon the modality switching perspective, the present study assessed a national sample of online daters to determine whether face-to-face (FtF) relational outcomes could be predicted by the amount of online communication prior to the initial FtF meeting.

How do we conceptualize online dating?

Most research has conceptualized online dating using the frameworks of self-presentation (Ellison, Heino, & Gibbs, 2006; Ellison, Hancock, & Toma, 2011; Whitty, 2008 ), or self-disclosure/uncertainty reduction (Gibbs, Ellison, & Lai, 2011 ).

What happens when online dating partners choose to communicate offline?

Despite the popularity of online dating sites, little is known about what occurs when online dating partners choose to communicate offline.

What is modality switching?

The process of transitioning from online communication to offline interaction has been examined under the label of modality switching (MS) ( Ramirez & Zhang, 2007; Ramirez & Wang, 2008 ).

Are online dating sites a viable space for initiating romantic relationships?

The phenomenal growth in the popularity of online dating sites as viable spaces for initiating romantic relationships has been coupled with increased attention from academic scholars ( Finkel et al., 2012 ).

Do Online daters benefit from meeting in person?

One contribution that the present study makes is documenting how the MS process (Ramirez & Zhang, 2007; Ramirez & Wang, 2008) translates into the applied setting of online dating. Overall, the results suggest online daters may benefit from meeting their partner in person after a brief period of online interaction.

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