Some people do not choose online dating because they meet new people in their everyday lives, while others appreciate the safety and confidence provided when initial contact is made through a computer screen.
However, online dating is not risk-free, and appropriate safety measures should be followed.
This article explores how young people—for whom issues of identity are particularly salient—conceive of the new opportunities for self-expression provided by digital media technologies.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 24 ‘digital youth’ ages 15-25 who were highly engaged in at least one form of digital media activity at the time of their interview.
Sites such as are inclusive to all people, whereas other dating sites such as Christian and Farmers specifically target certain groups of people.
Figures from the Pew Research Centre show that since 2013 the number of 55-64 year olds using the internet to find a partner has doubled, and for 18-24 year olds the number has nearly tripled.
There are many advantages of online dating, such as a wider network of potential romantic partners and the opportunity to engage in social interactions with less discomfort.
In addition, these internet trolls are likely to be motivated by negative social rewards, meaning they are reinforced by creating a disruptive social environment.
But our new research shows trolls also pose a real threat to online dating, marring a potentially positive social (and even romantic) experience.
(On the whole, college women are more interested in longer-term relationships, while college men are more interested in casual hook-ups; in a situation where women outnumber men and are essentially competing for a scarce resource, the women are more likely to enter into relationships that don't meet their ideal criteria--basically, the men have more power here.)Besides being entertaining, some of the studies here are pretty sobering.