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Title: Revealing the 'real' me, searching for the 'actual' you: Presentations of self on an internet dating site
Authors: Whitty, Monica T.
First Published: 27-Aug-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Computers in Human Behavior, 2008, 24 (4), pp. 1707-1723
Abstract: This paper considers the presentation of self on an internet dating site. Thirty men and 30 women were interviewed about their online dating experiences. They were asked about how they constructed their profiles and how they viewed other individuals’ profiles. Which types of presentations of self led to more successful offline romantic relationships were also investigated. Additionally, gender differences were examined. In line with previous research on presentation of self online, individuals were quite strategic in their online presentations. However, important differences between initiating a relationship on an internet dating site and other spaces (online and offline) included the type of self disclosed as well as the depth of breadth of information individuals self-disclosed about themselves before any one-on-one conversations took place.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.chb.2007.07.002
ISSN: 0747-5632
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Description: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers in Human Behavior, 24(4), 2008, DOI:
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